So, for a while now I have been a closet follower of Lady Vixion on YouTube. Apparently she has been “deleted” which really pisses me off.
In case you don’t know who Lady Vixion is, she is a trans woman, who makes weekly videos that address issues that present themselves throughout her (which sadly I can all too often identify with) life. Sometimes they are fun like the satirical look at “Drag Makeup” and sometimes they leave you crying after being touched… In a good way… Now, while I have watched just about every video that has been posted on the channel, I struggle to recall a point where I was offended, or exposed to something any more graphic or obscene than can be currently found on YouTube.
While I do enjoy a good conspiracy theory, I just can’t even fathom what benefit YouTube corporate would gain from deleting a popular poster. I guess what it boils down to is that their (YouTube) terms of service are so vague regarding the content of which is acceptable
So, that being said. I decided to outline the first five terms of service and add links to videos that violate those terms:
YouTube is not for pornography or sexually explicit content. If this describes your video, even if it's a video of yourself, don't post it on YouTube. Also, be advised that we work closely with law enforcement and we report child exploitation.
Don't post videos showing bad stuff like animal abuse, drug abuse, under-age drinking and smoking, or bomb making.
Graphic or gratuitous violence is not allowed. If your video shows someone being physically hurt, attacked, or humiliated, don't post it.
YouTube is not a shock site. Don't post gross-out videos of accidents, dead bodies or similar things intended to shock or disgust.
Respect copyright. Only upload videos that you made or that you are authorized to use. This means don't upload videos you didn't make, or use content in your videos that someone else owns the copyright to, such as music tracks, snippets of copyrighted programs, or videos made by other users, without necessary authorizations.
Okay, there are more, but I think you get the point, that is the first five rules and took me about 15 minutes to find the videos by simply typing in key words from the rules themselves….
Now, do I think YouTube targeted Lady Vixion? Nah, I think more likely someone got their panties in a wad, and reported one of the videos that was closer to the threshold of being within the rules. Or maybe the advertisers just didn't want their adds being associated with a well articulated, intelligent, and beautiful trans woman...Then again, what the heck do I know.
What really pisses me off is the vague TOS that YouTube chooses to administrate from. Is there a morality panel sitting somewhere deep in the bowels of Googleplex? Possibly a round table with some bible thumping TVangelicals, a delegation from Westborough Baptist Church, Terry Jones, and chaired by Sarah Palin?
In the meantime, all I want to see now is Lady Vixion find a new home so I can get my freakin’ 5-minute opinion fix!