Google Kicked To The Kerb

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Video - Panta Rei Danseteater 'Lullaby'

Norwegian dance company Panta Rei Danseteater, late last year, conducted a little experiment whereby three dance makers created two pieces with the same name based on the same idea, featuring three male dancers and two musicians, to see what the outcome was.

June 2nd, 2016

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Following a recent Panorama programme on the BBC concerning the uploading of violent video material to YouTube, owned by Google, Article19 has removed all Google advertising from this website.

The show focused on video material featuring violent attacks on teenagers and children, captured on cell phones, then uploaded to the video sharing website (amongst others).

We've been around the Internet and back again for many years so we are well aware that this material exists and there are plenty of morons around who wish to both carry out this type of violence and film it for others to "enjoy".

The programme revealed that Google/YouTube does not employ one single person who is directly responsible for ensuring that content uploaded by users complies with their own terms of service.

Almost as pathetic and disturbing however was Google's reaction when confronted by the BBC about this type of video material. Rachel Whetstone, Head of European Communications for Google, made excuse after excuse during the show to make the case that this type of video material was not Google's problem. According to Ms Whetstone it is for the community at large to police this type of content and report it to Google.

Even though the BBC illustrated that YouTube's reporting system often fails to have violent content removed from the site Ms Whetstone held firm to the position mentioned above.

The Panorama journalist, Raphael Rowe, showed Google some of the video content to them directly in their own offices. Although Google agreed that some of the videos should be removed others, showing teenagers vandalising police vehicles with firearms and brandishing guns to the camera, were deemed appropriate for the video sharing website.

By removing the advertising from Article19 we are making a small statement to a company worth over $100 Billion but small statements are just as important, if not more so, that grander gestures.

All money Article19 has received from Google advertising will be donated to the NSPCC.

The search system will be replaced by the end of the week.

[ Watch The Panorama Programme ]

(readers outside of the UK may not be able to watch the video, there is a written report of the show however)

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