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YouTube has finally suspended a channel dedicated to crushing animals
The case illustrates YouTube’s uphill battle against inappropriate and illegal content.
Warning: This post contains graphic descriptions that may be upsetting to some readers.
YouTube has removed a user posting graphic videos of animals being crushed following public outcry.
After Gizmodo reported that the creator behind a channel that features stomping and crushing of inanimate objects was also running a secret, unlisted YouTube channel to host illegal animal-crushing videos, YouTube took action and suspended the offending account.
Bootsmade4crushing, which housed crushing fetish videos that did not violate terms of service is simply listed as closed, likely by the uploader himself, but Boots666, allegedly run by the same creator and which hosted the unlisted animal videos, was “suspended due to multiple or severe violations of YouTube’s policy on violence.” Animal crushing is not only against YouTube guidelines, it is also illegal in the United States.
The Tumblr that was sharing these videos was also deleted after the owner cleaned house following Gizmodo’s emails.
Channels like Boots666 illustrate the uphill battle YouTube and similar platforms face in combating content in violation of posting guidelines. Another area that troubles the service is pornography, which continues to proliferate the system as quickly as YouTube flags and removes content. There’s even a subreddit dedicated to finding explicit content, r/youtubetitties. Other content violations are grayer areas for YouTube, such as complaints of sexual harassment under YouTube’s sexual misconduct guidelines, like the allegations against prank channels like Sam Pepper.
Just like with copyright violations, misconduct can be flagged by users, resulting in strikes against a channel that limit a creator’s functionality. In Boots666’s case, a strike against him left him unable to upload videos, even unlisted, for six months, according to screenshots obtained by Gizmodo.
Screenshot via Gizmodo
For all infringing content, the process remains the same: YouTube reviews flagged content and removes material that violates policy. That means for unlisted content, which is not part of Google’s search, the flagging must be done by people in-group who have access, often giving them little incentive to do so. This presents the biggest problem for YouTube when combating these sorts of violations.
YouTube declined to comment on this specific incident.
H/T Gizmodo | Illustration via Max Fleishman
A former YouTube reporter for the Daily Dot, Rae Votta has more than a decade of experience in the digital and entertainment industries. Her work has appeared on AOL, Huffington Post, Out Magazine, Logo, VH1, Current TV, Billboard, and NYMag. She joined Netflix in 2016.