VIDEO SHARING WEBSITE Youtube has been accused of bringing down a hammer on any videos from the hacktivist group Anonymous, although the Google subsidiary said it was unable to say whether the group has been targeted individually.
Anonymous has recently posted its statements on the Youtube website, choosing it and other means including IRC as means of disseminating its information, but according to Torrentfreak, it might have lost this ability.
"Since the beginning of the year the group has been releasing videos to spread news and details of forthcoming operations. Many, if not all, Anonymous videos have been uploaded to YouTube but since the start of April the Google-owned site has been censoring them", reports the website.
"The last three - Operation Sony - April 4, 2011, Operation Sony Update - April 12, 2011 and Operation Black Out - April 18, 2011 - have all been removed on Terms of Service violations."
"Terms of service violations" means of course whatever Youtube says it means and that's almost Orwellian in scale and scope, so there might be many reasons why the videos have been dropped, and it could just be a coincidence that they happen to concern Anonymous and its pro-open web activist activities.
A spokesman for Google couldn't tell us the reasoning behind the changes and added that it was unlikely that the giant Internet company would explain its thinking behind individual cases.
"YouTube has clear policies that prohibit inappropriate content on the site. Our community understands the rules and polices the site for inappropriate material," was the official Youtube line.
Perhaps most controversial of the recent press releases from Anonymous was the latest one, which was called, "A message to New Zealand".
This message, the original of which is no longer available according to Torrentfreak, followed the NZ government's approval of a 'three strikes rule' for dealing with alleged copyright infringers, and it warned, "You have the full attention of Anonymous... Expect us."
Oh, and Youtube must have missed this upload. µ
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