08 August 2008

Harmful content on the internet: self-regulation is the best way forward

by Simon Waldman. The members of the House of Commons Culture Media and Sport Committee asked what measures did YouTube take to make sure the content on their site was suitable for it's audience. To which YouTube owner Google's general counsel replied that while they responded to complaints about their content - so a film showing a gang rape, for example, was taken down after 600 views - it is not feasible to look at every piece of content on the site. This contrasted with MySpace - who admittedly have much less content to worry about - who check all their video content. As a result, the committee said they found Google's arguments "unconvincing" and recommended that "proactive review of content should be standard practice for sites hosting user-generated content".