In response to a video discussing the story of the rape of a four-year-old boy by an adult woman being recorded and posted online, these comments were posted:
"4 years old? Right on kid!!!!"
"Way to go for him He lost it nine years before I did :D
I bet he gets high fives all day in kindergarden"
"why is everyone soo mad? if i pulled so hard to get a milf when im 4, i would be soooo happy"
"but was she hot?"
"the child has become a man."
"what do you mean?? that kid is lucky as helll to get a piece of ass at the age of 4"
"Mmmm... nice. I like that. Does the woman have big breasts? Is she pretty?
What a lucky kid"
"i bet the boy liked it. i know i would. where can i find this 4 yr old boy? i wanna offer him something he wont be able to refuse."
When these comments were reported, YouTube's response was the same for all of them:
"We’re unable to identify a violation of our Community Guidelines within your recent report to our Safety and Abuse Tool."
This petition acknowledges that, in YouTube comments, "trolling" (saying inflammatory things just to anger people) is very common.
This petition also acknowledges that YouTube moderators cannot monitor all comments.
But when the moderators receive a report about a comment that trivializes rape - especially the rape of a child - they should remove the comment and punish the commenter with, at least, a warning. Trivialization of rape is a very serious problem and should not be protected as a mere difference of opinion.
It is this petition's stance that comments such as those cited above do indeed violate YouTube's current Community Guidelines:
"We encourage free speech and defend everyone's right to express unpopular points of view. But we do not permit hate speech (speech which attacks or demeans a group based on race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status and sexual orientation/gender identity)."
The above comments should fall under demeaning based on gender and age.
Under the "Hate Speech" category of "Community Guideline Tips":
""Hate speech" refers to content that promotes hatred against members of a protected group. For instance, racist or sexist content may be considered hate speech. Sometimes there is a fine line between what is and what is not considered hate speech. For instance, it is generally okay to criticise a nation, but not okay to make insulting generalisations about people of a particular nationality."
Note "insulting generalizations". If making insulting generalizations about nationality is not okay, then making the extremely insulting and harmful generalization-based-on-gender that a male child should enjoy being made to have sex with an adult woman should also be treated as "not okay".
The treatment of comments like these is likely determined by internal and/or unwritten moderation policies. Having demonstrated that the Community Guidelines do seem to cover these comments, this petition demands a change in the internal policies.
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