YouTube is Now Purging Evidence of War Crimes—Labeling it as “Extremist” Content (Updated)

Editor’s Note: Middle East Eye is now reporting that YouTube has issued an apology for removing some of the videos and has restored many of those that had been deleted. According to MEE:

“With the massive volume of videos on our site, sometimes we make the wrong call. When it’s brought to our attention that a video or channel has been removed mistakenly, we act quickly to reinstate it.”

YouTube told MEE in an email last week that the video “Drone footage by Islamic State shows suicide car attacks on Iraqi forces inside Mosul” was removed and that YouTube had “assigned a community guidelines strike, or temporary penalty” to MEE’s account.

This video has since been restored.

YouTube placed the blame primarily on its computer algorithms for the deletions, but did add that final review is done by “trained policy specialists”:

In response to the deletions, YouTube told MEE by phone that while it could not comment on individual cases, it was not aware that “any particular type of content was being flagged over another”.

“Previously we used to rely on humans to flag content, now we’re using machine learning to flag content which goes through to a team of trained policy specialists all around the world which will then make decisions,” a spokeswoman said.

“So it’s not that machines are striking videos, it’s that we are using machine learning to flag the content which then goes through to humans.”

Source: Middle East Eye

By Rachel Blevins

Just one month after YouTube deleted a video of the United States air-dropping weapons to ISIS and claimed that it contained “violent or graphic content,” the video platform is now being criticized for implementing a new artificial intelligence program to monitor “extremist” content that is deleting videos that document U.S. war crimes.

The monitoring organization recently reported that its YouTube account had been targeted, just one week after YouTube published a new blog post announcing that it is “developing and implementing cutting-edge machine learning technology designed to help us identify and remove violent extremism and terrorism-related content in a scalable way.”

Airwars raised the issue on Twitter, noting that after approving hundreds of their videos documenting U.S. airstrikes, YouTube has suddenly blocked three videos out of nowhere.  The newly blocked videos showed U.S. coalition airstrikes that were reportedly targeting ISIS, and their dates ranged from August 2015 to March 2016.

Airwars later posted an update, which said that following the publicity around YouTube’s decision to block the videos, the platform had apparently chosen to remove the ban from the three videos, and it implemented an 18 years and over age restriction. “Adult-only war,” Airwars remarked, noting that “Archiving published Coalition videos creates permanent public record of conflict.”

Chris Woods, the head of Airwars, told Middle East Eye that he is still in negotiations with YouTube over a number of videos, but he sees this trend as one that risks “severely undermining work done by Syrian opposition activists.”

“I think what’s so troubling about this if we look at the Syrian accounts, this is video chronicling a six or seven-year war, and some of the most important parts of that war from the perspective of Syrians,” Woods said.

Middle East Eye also reported that it has had similar problems with YouTube after the platform removed a number of videos, “some of which were later given age restrictions, some of which remain removed.”

YouTube told MEE in an email that the video ‘Drone footage by Islamic State shows suicide car attacks on Iraqi forces inside Mosul’ was removed and that YouTube had ‘assigned a Community Guidelines strike, or temporary penalty’ to MEE’s account. The same occurred in the case of ‘Video appears to show Egyptian soldiers carrying out extra-judicial killings.’ MEE lodged an appeal with YouTube and received this response:

‘After further review of the content, we’ve determined that your video does violate our Community Guidelines and have upheld our original decision. We appreciate your understanding.’

Another video, documenting the destruction of Nimrud by IS, which is widely available across the internet, was removed from an MEE staff account, and all appeals were rejected.

The report from Middle East Eye also claimed that Alexa O’Brien, an American journalist who covered the US prosecution of WikiLeaks’ whistleblower Chelsea Manning, reported on Twitter that the infamous videos released by Manning that showed the U.S. military blatantly committing war crimes were removed from YouTube. Her Twitter account is currently set to private.

As The Free Thought Project has reported, alternative geopolitical analyst “Partisan Girl” revealed that YouTube removed her video showing the U.S. airdropping weapons to ISIS in July, claiming it contained “violent of graphic content” that violated the platform’s community guidelines. “It documented US military airdrops falling into ISIS hands,” She wrote. “Truth is graphic content.”

As YouTube continues to remove videos that document both the events of the Syrian War, and evidence of the United States committing war crimes, it is important to remember that the platform still hosts thousands of videos with millions of views that are disguised as child-friendly content, while they actually promote violence, sex and pedophilia.

Rachel Blevins is a Texas-based journalist who aspires to break the left/right paradigm in media and politics by pursuing truth and questioning existing narratives. This article first appeared at The Free Thought Project.

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17 Comments on "YouTube is Now Purging Evidence of War Crimes—Labeling it as “Extremist” Content (Updated)"

  1. We’re just going to have to use the Internet as it was before Google and YouTube. Post MPGs, MP4s and AVI files here and there on sharing sites. Fire up Geocities and MySpace.

    • When searching you can use ixquick or duckduckgo.
      It won’t help with youtube or google, but at least your searches won’t be controlled by them.

  2. Time to move to other sites that have the same or similar functionality.Time to turn away from google as well! Use or something similar. If “enough” people care maybe it will have an impact.

  3. Apparently Google, YouTube and others have been compromised by certain governments?

  4. This YouTube action shows that the website is just another American government mouthpiece.

  5. Why isn’t the liberty movement promoting the crap out of Steemit? I am on a hundred lists where I get notices to see their vid… ON YOUTUBE. Why can’t that be switched to Steemit? …where these folks will make money when their stuff is viewed? Even in Activist Post, I am never sent to Steemit to see a vid. Why not?

  6. This is just the 21st century version of book burning.

  7. Could it be that by permitting videos that draw people into ever increasing states of psychosis like those pertaining to the Flat Earth theory and removing those that expose the misdeeds of the establishment Youtube is simply following the example of mainstream television?

  8. YouTube/CIA..

  9. Why are they doing this? Because they are trying to get rid of all free speech before they overthrow Trump and bring in a totalitarian state.

  10. Off of twitter off of Youtube. Stay away from all of them as much as possible. Nothing but ways for the government to keep track of you.

  11. Did you have to consult Tel Aviv on the hotline? Pathetic pukes masquerading as patriots? really? I would never have guessed! really? Snowflake wannabee Chelsea mthfkrs? Really. Push a button. take a chance. we might rescue you. FU!

  12. I will leave it to the rest of you to decide what portion of my previous posts are about. This is the fourth. CNN?

  13. Waiting to be approved? By what? Whom? First Amendment? Really/ My post is innocuous you stupid low-level scum!

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