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PROSTABLOG NZ: At last – somebody’s taken up the cudgels over my You Tube “live streaming” incident.

Here’s popular Stuff blogger Luke Appleby’s take on big brother You Tube and how heavily it wields its censorship club.

It seems Prostablog is not the only user to feel the sharp end of You Tube’s “community guidelines”.

Read Luke’s Connector blog HERE>

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PROSTABLOG NZ: You Tube’s silent treatment of my plea to restore my piddling video because it has a social value transcending their “community guidelines” raises some issues.

These have nothing to do with prostate cancer, but bear with me.

As a journalist with nearly half a century’s experience, I’m finally waking up to the fact that media accountability has slipped even further away from the ideal.

It was never strong. Large media organisations have tended to deal arbitrarily with complaints, often calling on the utility of press freedom to justify their frequent breaches of public trust.

But at least there were actual mechanisms for holding them to account.

You could write to the editor, and if that didn’t do it, complain to the regulatory body – although, because it was usually self-regulatory, you didn’t hold your breath waiting for satisfaction.

You got a better deal with broadcasting in countries like NZ, which (under the guise of governments “needing to allot frequencies in orderly fashion”) have laws regulating media behaviour, laws with teeth.

Now, we have You Tube, which – like still images website Flickr, and aggregators like Google – is a global behemoth run by computers, and a law entirely unto itself.

If they choose to ignore your complaint, they will. And in my case, have. And there are no regulatory agencies to whom I can take my case, except perhaps the courts, if I had enough money.

There is an irony here. I could perhaps go to the “old media” and have them air it, if they could be persuaded.

They might be interested. After all, it’s a fairly bizarre case, isn’t it: prominent Kiwi journalism educator gets pissed off after his socially important video on, um, pissing, is taken off line.

It’s the sort of weird story that appears daily in newspaper “odd spots” round the world.

Then, and only then, might the new model of media conglomerate sit up and take notice.

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PROSTABLOG NZ:  Well, here’s something good for a chuckle – my short video (right) showing improved urine stream after prostate surgery has just been taken down by You Tube.

Here’s what they say:

The following video(s) from your account have been disabled for violating the YouTube Community Guidelines:

  • Stream – (Tuckr001)

Your account has received one Community Guidelines warning sanction, which will expire in six months. Additional violations may result in the temporary disabling of your ability to post content to YouTube and/or the termination of your account.

Sincerely,

The YouTube Team

So, I’m on notice for offending good taste, I guess.

I’d love to know who complained.

Here’s my response to You Tube (be interesting to see what they say):

I have received your message with some alarm.
The video clip you refer to is a serious attempt to illustrate to men recovering from the effects of prostate cancer surgery the results such surgery have on improving urine flow.
I refer you to the blog on which this video appears. From that, hopefully, you will see the context.
To remove the video for reasons that can only be imagined shows that You Tube has little understanding of the purpose of such an item.
I request that you restore it as soon as possible.
I await your reply with interest, and will report it on the blog.
Here’s the link to my blog (which has so far received 52,000 page uploads and much favourable comment from prostate cancer sufferers and medical experts): https://prostablog.wordpress.com
Thank you

Having read the community guidelines, I’m at a loss to know where the video trangresses. Take a read (see the link above) and let me know what you think.

Here’s where the original video appeared in my series, My PC Adventure: CLICK HERE

I have to say that the video has already been through the scrutiny of the toughest censor of all, my wife Lin, who cut the length (of the video) to a short few seconds. Since she apporoved it, who could possibly take offence?

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