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By Chikako Uchinami     Jul 6, 2014 in Internet
Mountain View - A new report by Noah Sterling on Mashable says YouTube is now more popular than broadcast TV. The Google-owned video hosting site continues to grow in popularity, but increasing numbers of channels controlled by hate groups are raising red flags.
Sterling recently posted a link to Lamarr Wilson's YouTube Weekly, a Mashable vlog that tracks and promotes YouTube's newest features, with a headline claiming "YouTube More Popular Than Live TV." Being an intrepid reporter, I tracked down Sterling's and Wilson's sources for the story. My investigation led to the PR firm Adroit Digital.
Adroit Digital calls itself:
"...a team of experts in programmatic media buying, delivering results for our clients with every campaign."
Translated into Basic English, that means Adroit is an online video PR company, providing media buying services to advertisers. A growing YouTube means good business for PR firms like Adroit, who credit their YouTube statistics to a recent study from Forrester Research.
Who is Forrester Research?
Another PR firm.
"Forrester's Consumer Technographics survey reports that 68% of U.S. online consumers watch some form of online video monthly."
~ via Laurie Sullivan, Media Post News
So, my DJ headline should read
"Blogger reports Mashable vlogger says a PR firm reported that YouTube is more popular than TV, according to a limited number of respondents surveyed by a second PR firm."
Got it.
While Youtube is undoubtedly both popular and growing, the rising number of hate groups hosted by the video hosting service has led to public outcry by minority-rights advocates, many of whom claim that YouTube is unresponsive to user reports of channels dedicated to hate speech and racial violence. I'm a YouTube user, so I decided to dig deeper.
As research for this story, I visited a You Tube Channel called "Japs************" dedicated to anti-Japanese hate speech. The channel has 74 subscribers, 271,807 views and Joined Apr 9, 2007. Japanese have been lodging complaints with YouTube about the channel for seven years.
I used YouTube/Google's Safety and Abuse Reporting Tool to lodge an official complaint about the channel, whose title begins with the anti-Japanese racial epithet "Japs." YouTube's response came back in an email shortly thereafter:
"Action Taken
We’re unable to identify a violation of our Community Guidelines within your recent report to our Safety and Abuse Tool."
~via YouTube
A British leader of a "pro-Japan" Google community, Skales Sibbons, told me,
"I knew they would say that."
I also reported death threats posted by anti-Japanese YouTube users on a Japanese music vlogger's Discussion page. YouTube refuses to delete the death threats.
While the US Constitution guarantees free speech, anti-hate activists believe YouTube should not provide a venue for racism and the incitement of violence.
It's an ongoing debate that will prompt many more protests- and PR campaigns.
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