This post is updated thanks to a tip from Yair, who noted the latest IDF video has a warning screen.
Here is that video:
Here's the warning screen you get before seeing the above video:
This is "inappropriate content?"
YouTube has dozens of uncensored videos posted by the Multinational Force in Iraq, many more graphic than the IDF video posted above.
Most of you know I wrote two posts on this story, one showing that the warning screen was being used and that Google-YouTube was treating IDF videos like it treats porn.
The second post showed that the Multinational Force in Iraq also has a YouTube channel, and none of its videos, most as graphic as the IDF videos, had been removed or censored in any way – and there is no warning screen on those MNF Iraq videos.
But at least one reader has questioned both the existence of the warning screens (foolish because those screens were seen by thousands of people, including reporters – here's a mention of them in Wednesday's Ha'aretz; please see below for screenshots), and also claims, citing YouTube's user guidelines, that YouTube does not allow porn.
Therefore, this reader claims, there is no porn on YouTube and no warning screens for such porn. That means, he implies with clear intent, I lied.
Most people familiar with YouTube know this reader is simply wrong. YouTube, despite its policy, does host porn.
But saying is not the same thing as seeing. So I will post a screen shot of some YouTube porn and another screenshot of the warning screen that displays when one of these thumbnails of porn videos is clicked on.
The porn thumbnail screen itself will be a tiny image – too small to see clearly. If you want to see it clearer, click the image – but do so knowing you will see some semi-nudity.
These videos are mostly teasers (free ads) for porn sites.
I apologize for having to do this. But I have to make sure the truth is clear.
WARNING: Porn. Click to view image at your own risk.
And here is a media mention of warning screens for IDF videos, this from Wednesday, December 31, 2008 at about 1:05 pm CST:
The relevant text reads:
YouTube briefly yanked the clips on Tuesday, saying it was inappropriate, only to restore it a few hours later, labeling it inappropriate for minors, the military said.…
Here's another, from the AP:
The relevant text reads:
YouTube temporarily yanked the clips on Tuesday after viewers, apparently supporters of Hamas, flagged it as objectionable and asked that it be taken down. The video-sharing Web site restored the video a few hours later, labeling it inappropriate for minors.