YouTube Censorship Gives All Users the Power to Censor

A little over a week ago, I went into our YouTube station with strategies to upload a new mp4. But before I could do this, I was smacked with a warning. Our short naturist promo movie was reported by a user, reviewed by a YouTube admin (I imagine) and taken down for violating the Terms of Use.
The transgressing video:
YouTube has become so huge, they’ve basically lost control over their content. So what’s their alternative?
To put it differently, users now have the power to determine what is and is not overly obscene for YouTube. It doesn’t matter if the movie has been on the website for years and collected hundreds of thousands or even millions of views. It does not even matter if the report is reviewed by a YouTube admin, who presumably makes the final decision on leaving it up or removing it. Because, were it not for that one user who reported the movie, it’d still be sitting on YouTube getting more perspectives.
All it takes is one piqued viewer and a couple of clicks, and the mp4 is gone.
In a clip on the best way to censor flag content, YouTube actually describes how the users are now accountable for helping track content. Though they refer folks to their (vague and nearly worthless) community guidelines, in this avi they state, “That Is why we rely on our community of over 280 million people to help flag content they consider is unsuitable. The YouTube flag is the most significant tool for telling us about content you believe shouldn’t appear on YouTube.”
(They’ve a new, shorter version of this howto avi, but I find the old one is inadvertently more honest.)
So YouTube is essentially like, “well our website is so vast, we are only going to hand off this monitoring responsibility thing to our 280 million users!” Really sneaky, YouTube! In the mind of the user, YouTube would now seem considerably less responsible for what seems on the website.
So we are supposed to believe that 280 million people, and YouTube reviewers, are capable of equally applying some obscure community guidelines to report improper content. Or if not the guidelines, they could just report content depending on what they believe. Solid plan, right? What could possibly FAIL?
What exactly happens if a clip was really unjustly removed? In the case of our clip, I could not find any way to appeal it. It is like they just took that option away, and it was a done deal. So we are stuck with a 6-month strike, whether it was justified or not.
A few months past, I’d created a parody “Facebook Look Back” avi to make a point about Facebook censorship. This is why it’s so funny they state “we encourage free speech” in the flagging video above.
This censorship is absolutely idiotic. I believed Facebook was the evil empire of Internet censorship, but Google (Google possesses YouTube) is worse.
Why was our mp4 removed? I can just assume the violating part was the two bare female breasts.
“Most nudity just isn’t allowed, especially if it is in a sexual context. Ordinarily if your mp4 is meant to be sexually provocative, it is more unlikely to be acceptable for YouTube. You will find exceptions for some informative, documentary, scientific, and artistic content, but only if that is the one reason for the mp4 and it’s also not gratuitously graphic. For instance, a documentary on breast cancer would be appropriate, but posting clips out of context from the documentary mightn’t be.”

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This policy is vague and inherently subjective. There aren’t any concrete guidelines. Art is always subjective. What is nudity just? What is art? What qualifies Driving naked is like having a mobile nudist resort! I mean ?
YouTube did not consistently have the policies it’s now. At one time, nudity wasn’t even let on the site. Span. But I am confident they recognized no nudity meant censoring numerous works of art. So in 2010 they changed their policy to permitting nudity in the context of art. There’s only one problem. Who decides what’s art and what is not?
Having no specific guidelines means every user is at the mercy of every other user and YouTube admin. The censorship becomes completely haphazard and inconsistent. Uploading a avi with any sort of taboo content is like a gamble. Perhaps it will stay up, perhaps not. Possibly two years or five years will go by before it is taken down. Who knows.
Judging by the number of pornography on YouTube appropriate now, the system clearly isn’t working. There are loads of porn videos. TONS.
Precisely the same evolution has happened with Facebook, which now promises that content only comes with their attention when it’s reported by a user. Sometimes content is left alone, and sometimes it’s taken down. It doesn’t matter whether a post or pic or video actually breaks the community standards or not. Facebook has repeatedly stated that breastfeeding pictures are allowed, and yet these kinds of photos always get removed.
When they get called out for this in the media, their response is like, We’re sorry. This almost NEVER happens. There is just SO much content on our site, and it is so darn hard to manage! If we fixed it, how would we find time to develop our complex promotion schemes and break users’ privacy without them knowing about it?
I comprehend, My nude beach experiences began a number of years past; strangely enough . Technology is challenging. It is difficult for Google, also. But eventually, the time will come when people with more sway than us will make a move about this.
The current system is shit, and even Google understands that. My remedy for them is to give up striving censor the most inane content. It is a losing battle. The best thing to do is work on taking down illegal material and let everything else be.
We are still going to place videos on YouTube, but they’ll be in a style similar to my censored Facebook Look Back clip.
One last note ’cause I know what some of you happen to be thinking – But YouTube is a free service. There are choices, and you do not have to use it.
1. It is not actually free. You pay with your eyeballs on the ads. And no doubt, provided that you are signed in, Google is monitoring your every move and figuring out how to monetize that information. Google isn’t your friend.
2. Google is a enormous conglomerate. Where would you take your investigations? Do you Bing that shit? No, you Google it. Where does one go first to locate a mp4 clip? Google might stink, but it rules the Internet. You are not going to get exactly the same results.
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Or maybe Clothed in Bare firm might better describe this incident.

I was at Cypress Cove about 6 years past, lounging in front of the Massage office by the main pool. It was later in , midweek, only about five or six folks around the pool. A part of the staff came through, naked as I recall, as were all of the patrons by the pool. With him were what appeared to be four school aged pupils, all clothed. In listening to his conversation with them, it was evident that they were conducting research for a project or report, seemingly about nudism or nudist resorts.

The staff associate promised us that we did not need to move, the pupils would have the ability to get the photos they wanted, and we’d certainly not be in the shot.

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There were two women and two men in the group. And it was to tell that the men were incredibly uncomfortable being there. The girls appeared a little more self assured and didn’t appear as uncomfortable. They didn’t linger, but shot a few pictures of the sign behind us and then left.

In this instance, the clothed folks were a bit out of forms round the nude people. Just a little interesting, an alternate angle on this matter.

Introduction to Nudism

I was helping set up security for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. I was at the Hard Rock Cafe in Atlanta speaking with a couple. Told them I had to get away for the weekend.

I thought about it and decided to attempt it and went that weekend. Adored the experience and the people I met. They made me feel so welcome and everything looked so natural. When my daughter came down to work security with me I told here where I’d gone and she desired to go with me. We went the next weekend and spent two days there. We were hooked and even though we could go to the opening Olympic ceremony free, we saw it on a TV in the motor home of a family who were teachers from California while relaxing at Hidden Valley nudist resort in Georgia.

We went there another time before we had to leave Georgia. My lovely wife and I now live in a nudist resort in Florida, and my daughter visits every year to live the nudist lifestyle.

-Don W.
Hudson, Florida
First Time

June 1st, 2009. I presented myself and admitted that this was my first (public) experience as a nudist. I turned around and was pronounced a “cotton tail.” What a delightful and gracious introduction and welcome to the nudist community!

Sierra Vista, Arizona
My Biggest Rue

Being nude has ever been quite natural to me, I can recall when I was perhaps 4 or 5 only needing to be naked. Nothing has changed 40 years later, it just feels “normal” to me.

I did my assignments online and also read as much as I could around going to a nudist resort, oh boy, was I excited! The day I set out to go was young family nudism pics and I was prepared to get nude. It was about a 2 hour drive and of course all I was thinking about was getting there and jumping in the pool naked. YIPEEE! But as I got close my stomach was getting more upset from my nerves. I starting thinking about turning around and heading home but only kept driving. I truly wanted to feel the sun on my naked body and go swimming naked, after all it was a wonderful day.

As I pulled up to the gate I thought I was really going to throw up and at that stage I really had to talk myself into going forward.

After checking in and heading to my truck I really couldn’t believe it. I was looking at nude people upward by the pool and I was going to be one of them! I stood by my truck appearing occupied for about 10 minutes without taking anything off and eventually I realized it was time to take ALL my clothing away and be free. I was becoming more confident with every step.

I needed to take a shower before getting into the pool and it turned out to be a QUICK one. I spent the remainder of the day in the pool floating about and LOVING every second of it. It was not my first time being nude in a pool but it was my first time being with other people naked and I am convinced it demonstrated that it was my first time but by the time I had left that day I felt like I had understood some of the folks for a long time.

The reason that this excursion was such a huge deal for me was because I actually don’t have the “standard” body. I’m a big guy, need to slim down and had worried I might be laughed at or people would stare, but after going there now for more then 8 years (only a couple times a year) I realized that NOBODY cares! Its not that they do not care about me, its just that nobody cares what your body looks like. I waited for such a long time to really go to a nudist resort because I didn’t have the “perfect”body. I’m yet to see the “perfect” body but I ‘ve meet some of the greatest people I’ll ever meet in my entire life. When you’re naked with other people it’s as real as it gets and I have found that nudists are as fine as people come.

So this is why I titled this “My Biggest Sorrow” because I repent that I waited so long to get out and be nude with other like minded people. If the idea has ever crossed your mind, just go get nude.

Beach Day

Since I was a teenager I had always learned about nudist beaches and camps, but I never understood where to find them. In the mid ’90s I ‘d access to the Internet and chat rooms. I met a girl on the chat website who told me about visiting a nude beach. I asked about how I could locate one in my state. She told me about a site where I could visualize a guide book which describes the places of swimming holes and beaches.

After buying this I read about a beach at Martha’s Vineyard. Some time after I finally had a chance to get out there with my at the time girlfriend. Eventually I located the shore I was looking for after the ferry ride and bus ride on the other side of the isle. I recall how natural everyone looked and how I was enthusiastic to join in the fun. The blanket was barely on the earth when my clothes came off. I appreciated the liberating feeling of the wind on my body and being able to jump in the ocean naturally. My girlfriend eventually got comfy also.

Since then I’ve been seeing nudist campgrounds and coming to the Vineyard as much as really possible. I’ve despised wearing bathing suits ever since.

-Paul J.
Milford, Massachusetts
My Nudist History

The following is a history of my nudist experience with some thoughts for those investigating nudism as a lifestyle option:

“Nudist” A Brand New Word

I grew up in Marin County north of San Francisco and am currently a professional working in San Francisco. When I was younger I could never have imagined I ‘d ever describe myself as a nudist. I recall the very first time that I heard the term nudist. I was under 10 years old and my buddy Randy told me, accurate or not, about a lady who was stopped on the Golden Gate Bridge driving nude on her way to a “nudist colony.” The entire thing shocked me to the point that I still recall where I was when he told me. I could not imagine why grown people would want to be bare, notably in a location called a nudist colony. It definitely was something I ‘d never be involved in.

First Time Naked Outside

He became more daring and even rode his bike up the drive bare. This was just boys testing and playing and we understood that we did not want to be found so there was an element of risk and fear of being discovered that overshadowed everything.

Personal Nudity, My Own Skin

Within a few years I found that easing my pajamas off after going to sleep and sleeping nude felt wonderful. It felt free and I loved the feeling of the bed sheets on my bare skin I soon began removing my clothes when my parents were outside so that I could walk round the house nude, dashing to put my clothes back on when I heard the garage door go up on their return. Again this felt fantastic but by importance remained my mystery. Soon, on some evenings, I managed to sneak out my bedroom window in the middle of the night and enjoy the nighttime air nude. We lived in a built up neighborhood on a hill with open space behind the home. At first I would roam the grassy hillside in back of the house feeling the cool breezes on my skin. I particularly enjoyed rainy nighttime. The noise of the storm made me feel more secure about not being found going out the window and I loved the feeling of rain on my naked skin. I knew the terrain very well and one night I was particularly bold and did a huge loop walking with that location for over half a mile in a circle onto paved streets (but where dwellings were not built right on the street) on the different side of the hill and back to my clothes that I had left behind. I can not believe I did this or that, as a teen, I did not get found.

San Francisco, California

My first nude beach experience happened today at Haulover Beach. When I first got there

, I was not sure where I was designed to really go since there were no signs to indicate the direction to the shore but fortunate for me, there were some folks who were just getting out of their automobiles and I followed along until I find the course on where to go. When I saw the sign that says that you just might find nude sunbathers from this point, I knew I was in the correct area.
I’ve been contemplating going to a nude beach for a lengthy time so I’ve been reading up on various newsgroups like this one that deals with social nudity and talking to people via e-mail who have experience in this region on what to do and not to do at a nudist setting. I have that habit of studying anything when it is new to me.
I was told by someone that since I was going as a single male, I should try to not divide myself from folks. It could make folks believe that I went there for the wrong reason. So I found an empty space that was surrounded by men and women on all sides so that I would be among other nudists. Once I was amongst everyone, I set down the towel that I had brought with me along with the other things that I’ve brought with me and began to get undressed. I believed I’d become far more self conscious of the fact that I was getting finished nude in front of complete strangers but I did not and get out of my clothing very fast. No reluctance or wondering if this was an excellent idea or not. Once I was undressed, I headed towards the water in full view of everyone yet despite my nudity, I didn’t feel the slightest bit embarrassed about my state. I have no idea if this is typical of first time nudists but it appeared virtually no different then when I get undressed every morning to take a shower.
This kind of surprised me since I believed I was really going to have a harder time getting undressed in front of people. I also had a fear of receiving an erection since this sometimes happens whether I need it or not but thank goodness that this never happened. Once I was in the water, It was excellent in order to just speak to folks and get to understand them. I got to talk to quite a few people who were on vacation or were local individuals who came to Haulover Beach all of the time. They all looked so friendly and cheerful and didn’t seem to care that both themselves and myself were nude.
I really had an excellent time today and only wished it could have lasted longer. It started raining heavily and when lightening hit across the heavens, they closed the park and everyone was asked to leave. I really needed to stay longer since I was having so much fun as well as the feel of the water on my skin was excellent.
Additionally , I despised the fact that needed to wear clothing that were soaked with water from the rain. Yuch!
None of my anxieties about what might happened ever came to pass and I’m so looking forward to the next time.

My feelings have not changed much since:

I still favor if nudity is shared by all individuals present. I am more open minded, nevertheless, about textiles accompanying their nudist pal or S/O; if they’re cool with me, I am cool with them.

Both situations I presented, I also recognize, were a bit unique. In the first, we were a group of naked individuals who’d just spent the whole week end entirely bare; and here walks in a entirely dressed lady! Which sort of broke up the nude vibe we were all enjoying.
The second situation was truly a “chickening out” situation. My buddy, or so she said, thought to join me but completely froze up (self-consciousness kicked in). She’d no rational explanation for it; but I believe it’s to do with the entire “simpler to be naked among strangers than with a friend/relative” matter. Her daughter came in the image only a while later, asking why we weren’t nude; her mother explained that she’d chickened out. Which caused her to additionally chicken out as well as return with a bathing suit on!

In those scenarios, it didn’t irritate me because those were individuals who typically went nude, just not in that special situation. One was on a chilly morning at the resort; sarongs and T shirts everywhere except me. The way I looked at it: “I didn’t merely drive 90 miles to keep my clothes on! No way!” Another time, I was around at a buddy’s house and he invited me to make myself comfy. Why was that different from my second scenario? My nudity didn’t affect him as it had my pal. No worries; no intrusion? Then .

The worst and best time of my life

When me and my then-boyfriend went to Spain for the first time in our own lives, we thought that we were going to have the very best time of our life. We were together for nearly eight years and it was designed to be our biggest romantic vacation ever. Nonetheless, things did not really turn out the way we expected. Let us simply say that the man in the photograph which you can see here is really not that boyfriend and you are going to start understanding what I’m talking about.
What happened is something that happens to so many couples when they go on holiday; when you are on vacation, little things and irks become larger and you start fighting over items that you have been de-emphasizing for a long time. We have not been on a vacation the previous year and there was some pressure to make this vacation the best ever.

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This was another issue. We told each other items that we have been keeping to ourselves for quite a while and I was just so angry that I left the hotel, took my things and merely walked out on him. It wasn’t one of these hissy fits. I was done and that was that.
I got a taxi and went there. It turned out to be this extremely little town with unbelievable appeal along with the most gorgeous beaches that I ‘d ever seen. Also, one of the shores was a nudist beach.
I went to the nudist beach and when I got there, I cannot actually say I was the most comfortable man on the planet. Sure, there were amazing young nude folks all around and it was only too alluring to believe. Yet, I felt that I may not be as prepared for this as I had thought. But still, I was adamant about my choice and I took off all my clothes. It was beautiful. The very minute you find yourself in the open without any clothing with dozens of other nude people that beach girl do not know. There’s something so sexy and so wonderful about this that it’s impossible to clarify.
And then the sunbathing and swimming nude, all these are the best things I’ve ever done in my entire life. The water feels so amazing on the nude skin and the sun feels even better. It warms the skin, and I mean all of the skin and it’s difficult not to get excited and horny. And then I met this man. He was right next to me and I really couldn’t help but find his incredible body. We got to talking and it turned out he was Spanish. His English was really not that amazing, but when you’re nude, you truly don’t desire discuss that much.
We took this picture the exact same day and we spent the next few days together. It absolutely was nothing serious or anything. and having interesting one lazy summer of 2012. It ended up being a vacation that was nothing like the one I’d planned and yet it was amazing. And if you ask me, it’s really all to the fact I found how great it’s to sunbathe in the nude and walk in front of strangers naked.

being relativly new to the world of nudism I ‘ve

very few nudist experiances so mine would probarly be my first bare experiance, although more recently I met a women at a shore who told me her first nudest experiance she was 17 years old and holidaying with family in the united states, her parents had gone sight seeing for the day and she made a decision to have a look at some of the neighborhood shores. after heating on the island she began to make back toward the beach after reaching the shore she made the shocking discovery that while she had been sunbathing on the isle the tide had come in and all of her clothing running shoes and all had been required by the ocean. she was stranded no clothes no towel and what made matters worse was that she had walked to the shore so she had no automobile, there was only one thing to do she’d need to walk back through a active resedential estate in broad day stark naked, so she did it. she told me that she should have seen over 60 folks over that to mile walk back to her flat an was the most exhilerating experiance of her life. now thats intestines !

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