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YouTube is a video-sharing website headquartered in San Bruno, California, United States. The service was created by three former PayPal employees in February 2005. In November 2006, it was bought by Google.


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Petitioning YouTube

Remove White Supremacist Content From YouTube

In the wake of the most recent mosque shooting I believe it is time to take action as a community and remove white supremacist content from our platforms. One of the largest platforms for white supremacist content is PewDiePie's YouTube channel. PewDiePie has on many occasions proven once and again to promote and affiliate himself with white supremacist and Nazi ideologies. Worst of all his channel is very much aimed toward children in their formative years. The New Zealand mosque shooter even mentioned PewDiePie by name and asked people to subscribe. PewDiePie has in the past: used the N slur twice in two separate videos and has hired people to say the N slur (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jdh7EQRgps video of him saying the swedish version (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCOShs17UfE he has promoted videos that contain Adolf Hitler speeches and anti-Semitic cartoons (https://www.wsj.com/articles/disney-severs-ties-with-youtube-star-pewdiepie-after-anti-semitic-posts-1487034533 he paid Indian men on website Fiverr to hold up signs that say death to all jews (https://www.wsj.com/articles/disney-severs-ties-with-youtube-star-pewdiepie-after-anti-semitic-posts-1487034533 he performed the nazi heil in one of his videos (https://www.wsj.com/articles/disney-severs-ties-with-youtube-star-pewdiepie-after-anti-semitic-posts-1487034533 he used images of famous African-Americans (Neil deGrasse Tyson, Barack Obama) captioned with the wrong names (https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2018/apr/05/whats-up-pewdiepie-the-troubling-content-of-youtubes-biggest-star he made a clip of a man dressed as Jesus holding a sign stating "hitler did absolutely nothing wrong" (https://www.wsj.com/articles/disney-severs-ties-with-youtube-star-pewdiepie-after-anti-semitic-posts-1487034533 he makes rape jokes (https://pewdiepie.fandom.com/wiki/It%27s_Raping_Time (http://pewdie.tumblr.com/post/34309686617/no-more-rape-jokes in his face-swapping video he repeatedly uses an image of actress Leslie Jones to represent Harambe, the gorilla killed in the Cincinnati zoo last year. (https://youtu.be/EivRj_VfMgo Sean Vanman of Campo Anto studios which developed the popular game, Firewatch, has filed DMCA reports to remove the streams containing his games from the internet. Even though PewDiePie's streams have brought his company over 5.7 million views, Mr. Vanman saw the dangers. The Disney corporation also saw the dangers and terminated all contracts with PewDiePie. Up until 2017, YouTube considered his content "brand safe". In 2017 they took minor action to appease angered customers. It is not enough. Even if PewDiePie cleaned up his act his comment sections are still a cesspool of white supremacist activities and commentaries. At what point is YouTube legally responsible for the content it provides and allows on its platform? I believe that his actions constitute a clear and present danger to society. YouTube’s guidelines state, "if content is intended to be humorous or satirical, it may remain online, “even if offensive or in poor taste.” However, “if the uploader’s intent is to incite violence or hatred, it will be removed.”  How long will YouTube remain negligent? It's Time to remove PewDiePie from YouTube permanently and develop AI to find and remove extremist material instead of having the SPLC do their work for them. Please sign this petition.

maria ruiz
92,052 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Google, Inc, YouTube

Google: Take down instructional videos for illegal automatic gun modifications!

It only took fifteen minutes for the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history to occur. One man was able to injure or kill 574 people from a Las Vegas hotel window. The Clark County Sheriff has confirmed that two of the weapons used in the massacre “appeared to have been mechanically converted to full automatic fire.”Despite automatic weapons being illegal, people can turn to places like YouTube to learn how to turn their weapons into killing machines. A quick search for “diy automatic rifle” on Youtube returns 1.8 million video results! These videos provide advice and step-by-step guides for private citizens who want to make illegal modifications to otherwise legally-available semi-automatic firearms.YouTube shouldn’t be allowing videos that teach people how to turn their weapons into deadly, illegal machine guns. YouTube must remove and ban these videos now.I believe the ease with which anyone can turn to a website like Youtube to find tips and detailed instructional guides to make deadly weapons even more lethal presents a clear and present danger to society.Platforms like Youtube should be part of the solution to gun violence – not an enabler of deadly behavior. They must take action now. Enough is enough.If you agree with me, please sign and share this petition calling on Youtube to take down millions of videos showing gun owners how to illegally modify their semi-automatic weapons into fully automatic killing machines today.

ANDREW SWETLAND
62,717 supporters
Petitioning YouTube, Susan Wojcicki

Ban Brooke Houts from YouTube

Brooke Houts, a YouTuber with 320,000+ subscribers, has recently come under fire after accidentally uploading raw footage of a video she was making with her Doberman, Sphinx. The video, posted to YouTube.com on August 6, shows her hitting the dog, smacking the dog, pinning him to the ground and shouting “NO!," and spitting on the dog. The video was quickly taken down and replaced with the edited version, but many had already seen it by the time she took it down, and the footage can still be found online. Houts has since uploaded her attempt at an apology, in which she claims "On the day in particular that the video was filmed, and actually this past week, things in my outside life have been less than exceptional." Does having a bad day excuse hitting your dog? How about pinning your dog to the ground and spitting on him? Does anything excuse this? This wasn't a mistake. No one hits and spits on a living creature by mistake. If this is what Houts is comfortable doing on camera, what could she be doing to her dog off camera?  Multiple videos on Houts's YouTube channel focus on Sphinx, and she even has created an Instagram account for the dog. This would be fine if she properly cared for him, but when you witness her mistreatment of her dog, it seems that Sphinx was only ever an accessory for Houts to show off and a tool to use to gain YouTube fame. Of course, the best outcome for this would be that Sphinx would be rehomed and Houts would be charged with animal abuse. Unfortunately, this is a lot to ask for, so instead I ask for the bare minimum to be done: ban Brooke Houts from YouTube. Delete her channel, her videos, any reupload of her abuse, and never allow her to have a channel or any sort of influence ever again.  YouTube - To allow Brooke Houts to continue on your platform after blatantly violating YouTube guidelines and proving herself to be a violent, dangerous individual towards animals is the same as condoning her behavior. A person like her should never be allowed to have influence or an audience, and keeping up her channel and videos reflects very poorly back onto YouTube itself. By allowing Houts's videos and channel to remain online, YouTube is essentially normalizing the mistreatment of animals, particularly for the young and impressionable viewers that are a majority on YouTube's website. To see Houts escape from this drama with her channel intact with no punishment from the platform in which she used to broadcast her abuse also creates a risk for copycat behavior by those desperate for YouTube fame and attention. 

Nina France
61,897 supporters
Victory
Petitioning YouTube

YouTube, Stop Exploitation of Indian Children!

I recently stumbled across a series of very disturbing videos on YouTube. Each video shows Indian children in a village sitting in front of a blackboard out in the open. They are being taught to say lines in English. The lines vary from video to video. “Adolf Hitler did nothing wrong”“Feminism is Cancer” Soon the lines get obscene. “I’m not gay, but $20 is $20.” “I get more a** than a toilet seat.” The other lines have worse content with filthy words that I won’t repeat. These lines are blatantly racist, sexual and filled with hatred. And the videos feature 8 to 10-year-old Indian children saying these lines. Sign my petition asking YouTube to take down these offensive videos. A ‘tuition teacher’ is charging 5 dollars to make these innocent children say these perverted lines and have their videos put up on the internet. Indian children are on sale for the world to do with as they please. If this disturbs and disgusts you, sign my petition asking YouTube to take down these videos immediately. This tuition teacher is not just making his class children say vulgar things. He is also taking money to write messages on their half-naked bodies and make them dance. Again, these videos are online for everyone to see. I asked YouTube to take down the video and they said that they could not find “a violation of their community guidelines”. Is exploitation of children for commercial gain and featuring them in obscene content not a violation? Sign and share my petition to ensure YouTube does not allow this kind of content on their platform. And tell everyone who cares about children. If enough of us get together and show our outrage, we can get YouTube to respond. We need to stop this immediately or this twisted trend will spread and become a plague that will expose our country’s children to the world and the internet’s scariest monsters.

Tejaswini Divya Naik
52,541 supporters