|KU campus 2006; the dorms have been razed and rebuilt|
Now YouTube has “done it again”. It is removing videos and issuing community guidelines strikes to content creators for overheard comments made by third parties viewed as medical misinformation or election denial, among other things.
The Shawnee Mission Kansas School Board (near Kansas City) has said it is in YT jail because some parents in the audience urged the school board to remove the mask mandate. The parents offered some comments on whether masks could really be effective against the smallest airborne particles. I've wondered that, and the answer seems to be the intricate netting inside the best masks (N95-based).
The Board said that the comments from the audience do not reflect its position or views.
Here is Heather Ousley’s Twitter thread on the incident.
David Rankovic writes for Reclaim the Net.
The YouTube channel itself looks OK now, to me at least.
Hint: I went to KU myself for grad school, 30 miles to the west in Lawrence. So I know the area fairly well.
Ford Fischer has encountered a similar problem, with videos of protests removed if a protester claimed the election had been stolen. Now he has to include countervailing views and disclaimers within each video itself if a protester says something forbidden, as if the public wouldn’t understand what protests are all about.
Back on Nov. 5, I made several videos outdoors of the RNC if speakers claiming “stop the steal” and posted them (channel is "/jboushka"). There are no countervailing views inside the videos. YouTube has left them alone, but they were posted before their policy went into effect the day the electoral vote was sealed, Dec. 8. Some got views and likes and I wonder if visitors really understood I was just filming what I saw people saying, not necessarily promoting it myself. (Yes, Joe "Robinette" Biden is the president!)
|from my own YT channel around Nov. 5, right after election|
We come around a story circle: who has a right to call themselves a journalist becomes a good question. Even if reporting on a school board meeting now. In the meantime, big social media platforms have become paranoid about how naive its users are in understand the difference between promotion and reporting. Or maybe its the algorithms.