YouTube and Saddam Hussein

I’m a big fan of YouTube. It’s a wonderful piece of technology and a great invention. That said I’m very disappointed to see them carrying footage of the hanging of Saddam Hussein. At what point does YouTube grow a backbone? I know people want to see the footage and I know that if YouTube doesn’t show it, they’ll get it elsewhere but I don’t think that should matter. YouTube should be prepared to set a standard. Right now they’ve sent a message to the world that says: “anything goes.” I for one think that’s very sad.

5 Comments on “YouTube and Saddam Hussein”

  1. Justin says:

    Hear, hear Tim. How hard can it be to remove this footage – not hard at all is the answer. It’s very strange that they haven’t removed it yet; surely this can’t be deemed appropriate content. Had YouTube been a UK based company, dare I say, I doubt the footage would still be up?

  2. Anonymous says:

    A good point, well made. Once removed, however, Google would need to change its motto to “see no evil”, which would make it a monkey – abeit a wise one.

  3. AndyW says:

    c’mon guys lighten up. The whole point of YouTube and other sites like it is choice. If you don’t like seeing Saddam swinging, then don’t look at it. And if YouTube decides to censor this, where will it stop? No – keep the faith YouTube and stay at the edge.

  4. Tim Dyson, CEO of Next Fifteen says:

    Not sure there was ever an edge here Andy – more of a cliff but anyway it’s old news now thankfully

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