Recently Raven Nicole Masterson, who’s active with Cop Watch out in LA, made it known that a video she’d posted to YouTube was pulled after the police officer depicted complained. Despite the fact that Raven had not acted in the wrong, YouTube sided with the officer and ignored their own protocol for handling complaints. This seems to be part of a growing trend – YouTube’s automatic siding with police, rather than allow for transparency, in effect, acting as a reinforcement to the thin blue line by helping to censor police misdeeds. -Pete
In her own words:
Last week, I got a notice from YouTube, stating that the video you can see via on Dailymotion Was in violation of their privacy terms of service. I digress. The officer was out in public, and I have every right to record my interaction with them. To add insult to injury, I wasn’t even given the usual 48 hours notice that YouTube sends to people after a privacy complaint has been filed.
I feel that this is a slippery slope towards LAPD or any other police agency for that matter, illegally and unjustifiably censoring activists on YouTube for posting videos that oppose their agenda or reveal and expose the illegal, shady things that cops do, such as this cop in this video threatening me with a false contempt of court charge if I post this to YouTube.
This is scary.
This sets the dangerous precedent that if a cop doesn’t like his image being used or broadcasted on YouTube, he can abuse YouTube’s policies to take it down, which is what LAPD did in this case.
This puts in jeopardy any activist who exposes and reports on police crimes to lose a valuable YouTube channel that can expose and make people aware of police crimes and brutality.
Please help me convince YouTube to reinstate the video so that LAPD and all other police departments will know that they can not get away with abusing YouTube’s terms of service system to violate people’s first amendment rights.
Help roll-back this knee-jerk reaction to censor police actions by YouTube.
- Sign Raven’s Change.org petition to stop YouTube censorship of activists
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org to file a complaint with YouTube – let them know you’re not a fan of their actions to censor copwatchers and anti-police brutality activists!