And Then A Human Being Showed Up

I’m making an educated guess at the following events. A few weeks ago I recorded and posted a video pointing out something about hate speech on Facebook. The video, posted to YouTube was then flagged as hate speech and taken down.

I appealed and, just before shabbat, I got the following in my email:

YouTube appeal decision persepective

Here’s how this works.

I post a video that the other side doesn’t like. They have a few dozen people with probably a few fake accounts each all lined up to click and report my video as hate speech.

YouTube, without human intervention, takes it down and marks ME as a hater.

When I appeal, a human being (because in the end this kind of thing can only be decided by a human) reviews it, understands what happened and clearly reverses the perverse decision.

The bit I’d like to know, and I don’t know anyone at YouTube who can tell me, is whether all those accounts who spuriously reported me are then penalised. Clearly this is a coordinated attack. Does it carry consequences for the other side? Are they able to use the same accounts over and over to report more spurious “hate” speech that is just truth they don’t like?

This is my question for YouTube: does spurious reporting carry consequences for the other side?

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Brian of London

Brian of London is not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy. Since making aliyah in 2009, Brian has blogged at Israellycool. Brian is an indigenous rights activist fighting for indigenous people who’ve returned to their ancestral homelands and built great things.