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YouTube: Videos with kids should never be violent

Updated: September 10, 2012 1:43PM

Why does youtube allow this?

YouTube’s “Community Guidelines” warn users: “Don’t Cross the Line.”

The guidelines prohibit such specific infractions as sexually explicit content, underage drinking and smoking, graphic or gratuitous violence, and videos intended to shock or disgust.

At the same time, the website stipulates that it encourages free speech — short of hate speech. “You may not like everything you see. Some of the content here may offend you,” the guidelines warn.

“We have 72 hours of content uploaded every single minute. Because of that volume, we don’t prescreen content,” a spokeswoman for YouTube, a Google subsidiary, said Wednesday. “But that doesn’t mean we don’t have rules. Our Community Guidelines lay out all of the things that are prohibited on the site.”

Those include “content that’s intended to incite violence or encourage dangerous, illegal activities that have an inherent risk of serious physical harm or death.” And according to the site, “videos involving children should never be sexually suggestive or violent.”

YouTube uses a “flag” system, whereby viewers can alert the site to any video deemed inappropriate.

“A flag sends it to our review team, who then make a decision as to whether a video should come down. We review every video on a case by case basis,” said the spokeswoman, who then reviewed “Lil Mouse Get Smoked.”

Asked afterward if it should come down, the spokeswoman said: “Videos that do not break the rules will remain on YouTube.”

As of Wednesday night, the video remained posted. Maudlyne Ihejirika

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