<videovortex> censorship and online video streaming

Geert Lovink geert at xs4all.nl
Thu Aug 1 11:22:16 CEST 2019


Censorship and online video streaming

YouTube deactivated Wael Abbas’s YouTube videos of police brutality in Egypt, because the content was graphically violent, which were restored later after complaints filed against YouTube <https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/02/insert-better-title-here>. Google took down a number of Iranian YouTube accounts last year because they were spreading misinformation and were tied to the Iranian government <https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-23/google-removes-youtube-channels-and-web-accounts-tied-to-iran>. Iranian government approach to content moderation is more or less similar: Aparat is a popular online video platform (similar to YouTube) in Iran. Due to filtering, it has a high number of users. When entities critical of the government create channels and accounts on this platform, their account is suspended and deleted for a variety of reasons, one is spreading lies <https://www.wired.com/2016/09/how-iran-is-building-its-censorship-friendly-domestic-internet/>.

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