2011 Oct. 15: MN: YouTube censors OWB video
Those of you who post outdoor wood boiler videos on YouTube might want to know what happened to us. YouTube censored one of our OWB videos. (see letter at bottom.) We list our videos under either the Education or Non-Profits and Activism heading. The video shows a poor dog, caged feet from an OWB while the smoke blew into his cage. We contacted the Humane Society, our City, we complained to the neighbors. No one did anything, and after 3 years of constant exposure and pathetic howling some nights when the air was so thick it made us choke just to step outside, one day the dog was suddenly gone. Those neighbors who own the dog don’t talk to us, but we have been very vocal about the dog’s death and they have not denied the OWB killed it.
The title of the video “Dog gassed by outdoor wood boiler” was meant to be provocative. We weren’t actually endorsing gassing a dog with an OWB of course, but to point out how dangerous these devices are for all living things. We called it “the canary in the coal mine” and explained how the same thing was happening to us as property owners living adjacent to the OWB. (a 3rd grader could understand the purpose of the video and make the correlation between heavy smoke exposure and the discomfort of the dog.) However, YouTube upheld their decision, and warned us if another member of “the YouTube Community” found one of our videos offensive, our account would be terminated. We appealed to YouTube, but they upheld their decision to remove the video.
So, now we know it takes just one anonymous complaint by a member of “the YouTube Community” and your videos can be censored. It could be a misunderstanding of the video’s intent by some random person, that’s always possible. What’s also possible, knowing the mindset of OWB manufacturers and their cohorts, is they’re trying a new tactic. If YouTube censors us again, we’ll know for sure. We know Central Boiler, the mfr. of the OWB near us, monitors our web site regularly. I don’t mean to sound paranoid, but then again, if someone told me a year ago there was a movement by a major political party to abolish the EPA, I’d have thought they were paranoid, too! If any of you have had a YouTube OWB video censored for it’s content, please let everyone know.
Oak Grove MN
On Oct 10, 2011, at 12:44 AM, YouTube Service wrote:
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Regarding your account: GoReps
The YouTube Community has flagged one or more of your videos as inappropriate. Once a video is flagged, it is reviewed by the YouTube Team against our Community Guidelines. Upon review, we have determined that the following video(s) contain content in violation of these guidelines, and have been disabled:
- 12/21/07 Dog gassed by outdoor wood boiler. – (GoReps)
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