YouTube is a popular Internet site that lets people upload videos for the general public to watch. The "YouTube Generation" was named Time magazine's Person of the Year for 2006. In October 2006, YouTube was purchased by Google Inc. Google's monitoring over YouTube has resulted in a distinct suppression of videos with conservative themes, along with direct promotion and over-saturation of liberal content.
The site has gained recognition as the best video sharing site on the web. A major flaw of the site is its poorly worded terms of conditions, which can warrant the deletion of almost any video that takes a stance against any religion or social agenda, deeming it as "hate speech". An example would be showing surgical operations but preventing showing abortion videos. YouTube is consistent when removing undercover videos that exposes dishonest counseling practices at Planned Parenthood centers. They are known for censoring videos critical of Barack Obama or ones that show children singing praises of Obama by indoctrination. In addition, videos were censored if they were deemed anti-Islamic. Also, YouTube's community guidelines claim that material depicting shocking or disgusting (gore) content is prohibited, however countless videos get past the radar as long as they don't accumulate a large amount of attention—and videos which do get attention exist in which there is sadistic pornography. A large amount of YouTube content is also dedicated to video game channels, which go larger unrestricted despite exceedingly violent content. They create a social tolerance towards brutality, and persuade youth audiences in committing felonies that are demonstrated in these videos. YouTube also promotes individual introversion and internet dependency, especially within the millennial generation.
On July 23, 2007, YouTube hosted an interactive debate between the Democratic candidates in the 2008 Presidential Election, in which YouTube users submitted videos of themselves asking questions. A similar debate involving the Republican candidates occurred on November 28. This led to controversy, as they used a question submitted by Keith Kerr, who has ties to Hillary Clinton's campaign.
Slate states that YouTube may be operating at a loss of nearly half a billion dollars a year. Suggesting that it may be a loss leader for parent company Google or perhaps an investment in changing the landscape of information flow in the public. Attempts to reduce the costs and increase profitable content have been met with hostility.
Controversy arose in conservative circles after people such as Michelle Malkin claimed that YouTube censored conservative content. This led the creation of a pair of video-sharing websites: QubeTV, an alternative site whose origins are reminiscent of the creation of Conservapedia by people who believed Wikipedia to be liberal, and the Christian alternative, GodTube, which has been renamed "Tangle".
On August 6, 2007, a group of music publishing companies announced a lawsuit against YouTube for its hosting of copyrighted content without providing proper compensation to the copyright holders when the videos containing the content were viewed.
In May 2009, in response to the suspension of the account of young Star Wars fan, Lukeywes1234, for being under the age of 13, a group of users from the sites ebaumsworld and 4chan, among others, launched an "International Porn Day" raid on YouTube. They managed to upload thousands of explicit videos which were often tagged to show up in searches containing words such as Jonas Brothers, Twilight, Hanna Montana, High School Musical and John McCain. It could take a couple of days for all porn to be removed from the search results, said parent company Google. The delay was in part due to the raiders sowing confusion amongst YouTube users by purposely flagging non pornographic videos as containing inappropriate material.
As of August, 2016, YouTube has made it possible (unreliably) to filter out sexually explicit material, but after that filter is set, one may not participate in the comments sections. As of this time, it is quite easy to find pornography on YouTube, as for example by searching for "Lisa Nazi."
Christian/Creationist YouTube video evangelism
Many YouTube users are vehemently anti-conservative, however videos directed at conservatives will usually garner high ratings, as with videos directed at liberals. Christian comments on some videos frequently attract insults by atheists. In order to combat this vicious slander, Conservapedia has started its own YouTube channel. Campus Crusade for Christ International (CCCI) is one of the world's largest evangelism organizations within Christendom and has over 25,000 full-time missionaries. In 2006, Alan Beeber of CCCI predicted that internet evangelism will result in more conversion than all other forms of evangelism for CCCI combined.
YouTube is a popular online video sharing site that provides a method distributing Christian/creationist videos across the world. The YouTube search engine is the second largest search engine in the world. There is a widespread problem with atheist cyberbullying on YouTube toward Christian and creationist YouTube channels. CreationWiki has developed a web page entitled YouTube participant advice designed to show creationists how to thwart atheist cyberbullies. Also, one popular Christian YouTube channel, shockofgod, was shut down several times by atheist cyberbullying through false reports but he was able to thwart their cyberbullying using some effective tactics. These false reports are not isolated incidents, many atheists will try this deceitful tactic to block out creation science.
Positive Aspects of YouTube
By searching YouTube one can immediately find the most incredibly sublime Christian praise music. Great Bible teaching is uploaded there, as for example, teaching by the late by J. Vernon McGee.
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