I saw this horrible video online.

Some journalist says YouTube censorship/banning should be illegal and that they *need* to be transparent about why they delete an account.

When you send me a video to host, it's my data. I'm not violating your copyright if I delete it or your account and I don't need to explain why I did it. It's my data. It's my computer.

It's YouTube's data, they can ban me if they want without getting thrown in jail. YouTube isn't a government, it's a private corporation.🤦

@MutoShack I’d argue it's not a binary question—yes, private organizations should be able to kick off anyone they choose with no explanation, but that doesn’t make that a good policy. Users have every right to demand transparency from services.

@MutoShack It's also not necessarily true that data sent to your service becomes “your data” (unless your TOS states such up front) and it's again not binary—some services merely publish user content, others monetize it. But services that exploit user data aren’t above criticism just because they’re private organizations.

In short, your private org. may demand all user data and provide no transparency, but prepare for your users to complain or vote with their feet.


Thank you, Zipheir. This is exactly the point I was trying to make (except you worded it better).

YouTube should definitely have a right to block whoever, with their only consequence being the hatred of their peers.

Although it's totally true that I have no idea how copyright works, so thanks for specifying all that. 👍

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