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YouTube has been hit with an avalanche of smut, uploaded by users of various messageboards apparently protesting at the site's removal of music videos. The video site has a zero-tolerance to nudity on the site - footage of doctors demonstrating breast examinations have famously been removed in the past, while footage of Saddam …

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we need more

of this sort of digital disobedience.

top job *chans.

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Apparently the BBC...

...were reporting this as being the work of "hackers," once again showing the level of competence within the Beeb's tech reporting section.

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If it's who I think it is...

It wont be long before they have a clever script that edits innocent photographs into the video where the previews get generated.

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Ho ho

Brilliant. I needed a laugh this morning!

Steven R

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how will they ever stop this?

if you can add some smut into the middle of your uploaded video, how are they going to stop people doing this without having to watch every single uploaded video in it's entirety?

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You Porn

What form of protest is this?!? You're not showing the type of content I like so I'm going to make sure children see porn.

Nice one, idiots.

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Yeah but killing is OK

"The video site has a zero-tolerance to nudity on the site - footage of doctors demonstrating breast examinations have famously been removed in the past, while footage of Saddam Hussein's death by hanging is still available."

Would one expect anything else of a culture that thinks torture, mutilation, murder and gore in movies and on TV is perfectly acceptable but a hint of pubic hair, a flash of nipple(female) or a glimpse of penis is the work of Satan which corrupts the mind of the watcher and encourages masturbation or sex. And we all know what huge sins masturbation and sex are, especially when compared to murder.

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Imagine...

...if someone posted "2 Girls, 1 Cup"

...Yeeesh!!! Just the thought turns the bacon, egg, and sausage sarnies over in the tumtum...

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RE: how will they ever stop this?

Because hopefully people like me will report it.

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@ Phil

This form of protest is known as "terrorism".

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@Phil whose children are delicate little flowers

@ Phil

Every remember childhood ? Collecting the rain destroyed porn mags disguarded by underage drinkers the night before.

You kids already look at porn now they have the internet, and the sad but true answer is it won't do them any harm since in very few years they will be taking part themselves.

Although I'm sure your kids are angels and would never do such things *wink wink*

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@richard

Wasn't there news several YEARS ago about algorithms used to find porn by analysing a picture for over abundance of flesh tones?

Shirley that technology must've improved enough to be useful by now? OK, they'd need to pipe every single video through something that could strip it to frame-by-frame images and scan them individually, or perhaps scan only the ones where a sudden scene change occurs.

It might not be 100% and might flag a lot of false positives but if they were then send on to a human reviewer, it could make it easier by eradicating the vast majority of new vids from the search.

Paris, because she'd be flagged up every time.

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@ If it's who I think it is...

Yes, it is, and a less automated version of that idea was deployed, whereby 10s or so of something innocuous (kittens, weather forecast, whatever the video actually purported to be) was spliced onto the porn, in an attempt to make the Youtube moderators actually scrutinise each video properly in order to remove any unwanted content, although I was rather under the impression that the Rickroll thing was done and over with, porn or no.

@ Phil: it's not a protest of any sort. Just larks. Although the point has been raised that the Internet is not a babysitter, and children should be supervised.

Rules 1 & 2, people

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re:You Porn

Youporn is a real website..

Also, wont someone think of the children. This could be used to distort their fragile minds causing them to grow up to be terrorists.

The only way to combat this is to introduce ID cards and a global DNA database.

Say no to terror, and yes to children!

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Scum

Isn't deliberately showing porn to children a criminal offence?

These horrible people should be tracked down and, at the very least, placed on the sex offenders register.

I expect the police are, or should, already be involved.

As for some of the comments already posted, how anyone with any degree of intelligence can condone or celebrate the act of showing porn to children, is way beyond my comprehension.

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@Phil, @David Simpson

Unfortunately YouTube is already an extremely dodgy place to allow kids to roam.

They might well have a stringent policy of removing nude images, and I'm sure it's very effective (until recently anyway), but they've never done much about the comments attached to the content.

I'm constantly amazed by how even the most inoffensive material attracts a stream of racist, xenophobic and mysoginist ranting, posted by barely-literate haflwits. I don't know about your kids mate, but sometimes it even makes me wince.

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Fuckwits

On the surface this is kind of funny, but in reality this sort of shit just gives amunition to those that want to see the entire web controlled/filtered/moderated.

Yes, there is already plenty or porn out there and if you let your kids roam free on the web they may well find it, but if idiots do this sort of moronic shit it just gives the 'wont somebody please think of the children' lobby evidence that a free an neutral net is 'dangerous' and 'must be controlled'.

Great job fuckwits.

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meh

It was something awful.

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@ All sorts....

I haven't got any kids, and I certainly wouldn't let them use the Internet unsupervised if I did.

And yes, I remember finding porn as one of the more pleasant nostalgic memories of childhood. Did I grow up all twisted? I'm probably not the best person to ask, but probably not.

I'm not phycologist, but exposing young children to porn, (who, wrongly, do use the Internet unsupvised) whilst probably not generally doing any permanent harm may well be a bit confusing and distressing for them.

Will they get over it? Of course, but it's still targetting porn at kids, which just aint on. Some things are illegal for a reason.

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"This form of protest is known as 'terrorism'"

Oh yes, because I see people running for cover whilst their loved ones die all over the place.

Idiot.

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@Phil

as has been said, you let your children roam the internet unsupervised, then it's your own fault and you should be charge with negligence. the internet is not a safe, child-friendly place, despite the fact that it's very convienent for you to think so. it's like letting your children stay up and watch tv past 9pm. or playing on the motorway

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@phil

Kids shouldn't be on youtube without some kind of filtering or monitoring anyway. There may not usually be porn on there but there is a lot of shit that isn't suitable. Just like the internet in general.

The internet is not a babysitter.

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4chan

Did you really have to give those spotty, 13-year-old, attention seeking to**ers the publicity they're after?

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Makes me smile

Maybe i am still a child at heart but everytime i see the deviants at 4Chan pull this kind of stunt it makes me warm and fuzzy inside. There is still hope for humanity when there are a bunch of fools with the balls to take on the machine from the inside just for the Lolz.

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Youtube unsupervised

My own infant prodigy has been known to enjoy youtube sessions. There was a time when the only guaranteed way to keep him quiet was to plonk him down in front of an episode of Button Moon, Pingu or whatever. The nice thing about Youtube was that he quickly learnt (at two years old) how to click the links for related videos at the end...

I'd recommend against unsupervised browsing, though, because sadly there are an awful lot of peurile jokers with that "snerk! He said bum!" sense of humour who will post a video of Postman Pat with... alternative dialogue.

"Oh fuck. Where's me fuckin cat? Ah, there's the fucker. Get in the van you fuckstick."

Laugh? I almost did.

So yes. Unsupervised play is less safe that supervised play. But then we knew that, didn't we?

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How slow???

This all went down on Monday night - why has it taken so long for people to find out about it???

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@ Sal

Who has deliberately shown children porn here? Has someone been running around strapping kids down, Clockwork Orange stylee and forcing them to watch it? I don't think so, any more than your local newsagent does by having a stack of dirty mags on display. In any event, this stunt was not targeted at children: the use of such tags as Hannah Montana and the Jonas Brothers was a tactic to make it impossible for the Youtube moderators to block-delete all videos with a certain tag. Still, well done on absorbing and regurgitating the Daily Mail/Sun propaganda that all porn is intended to corrupt children and soften them up for paedophile attacks without stopping to read the article properly.

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@Paul

> Kids shouldn't be on youtube without some kind of filtering or monitoring anyway. There may not usually be porn on there but there is a lot of shit that isn't suitable. Just like the internet in general.

Quite so, But then...

> The internet is not a babysitter.

That's even more the case. Delegating your responsibility as a parent to a machine is questionable at best.

Paris... clothed, of course!

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The End of Innocence with the Introduction of Kernel Knowledge?

If children were better educated, would they have been taught what may await them in an adulterated world, or are they ever to find out in trial and error with pain and suffering? And that is an IT Failing and IT Failing Man.

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@@ how will they ever stop this?

Indeed this has already been done long ago. About 18 months I was watching, as it happens a music video, on YouTube and cut into the middle and end of it was very hard core porn. This im sure is happening A LOT and is being put also into content that likely will be viewed by children .

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If only

If only we could apply Youtube rules to the rest of the media.

Then we could get Hannah Montana and the Jonas Brothers removed from all media on the grounds that they are tits...

<well someone had to>

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@Sal

Kids these days see porn everywhere - the soft porn that passes for music videos these days is far more intense than the stuff that got me excited as a teenager.

The birds and the bees are at it all around us, and often in quite extreme detail when Mr Attenborough is around. I simply do not see what possible harm it could do to a child of any age to watch a natural act.

There is far worse stuff on the internet, and on mainstream TV for that matter - the glorification of violance, and the support of anorexia should be where the clean up is concentrated.

And by the way, yes I am a father myself.

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It's not the videos you should be worried about..

... it's the comments left by what are laughbly called 'humans'..

Is it something to do with the proximity to a keyboard that makes people type like they're strapped to a chair in the nearest mental institution - anger wing?

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@phil +1 @@phil, what are you stupid?

What form of protest is this?!? You're not showing the type of content I like so I'm going to make sure children see porn.

Nice one, idiots.

+1 to that.

"@ Phil

Every remember childhood ? Collecting the rain destroyed porn mags disguarded by underage drinkers the night before."

yes, remember it fondly, but I also believe that I was at an age then when I wouldn't have likely been searching for things like hannah montanna as well, (though that didn't exist, but the age suitability of porn, even your first look at "rain" soaked, pre-used porn is somewhat older than the hannah montana audience

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porn/violence

Am I the only one finding this strange? In most countries sex between consenting adults is legal, murder, torture, theft , other crimes are illegal. Showing sex on tv, even simulated one, is considered by large number of people very bad and showing it to kids is practically a capital crime. Showing murder and other crimes is "entertainment", it is the main part of everyday tv. If seeing sex will cause men to go rape women, seeing murder why does not cause them to murder people? Where is the logic?

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Forget Rules 1 and 2

@AC 10:17

Rule 34, surely?

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@Dave

Whilst I agree with your general sentiments it all depends on what you consider to be a natural act doesn't it. Personnally I don't want my 3 year old to see a bottle blonde, artificially top heavy porn star being spitroast!

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oh no!

People have sex, you say? That's disgusting. And there's visual proof on youtube? Horrible, horrible.

Someone should think of the children. And how they got here in the first place. Since they are also visual proof that this loathsome conduct has been going on, lock them up as well.

Bill, master of the immaculate conception.

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If it was up to nature we'd all get screwed ASAP.

... but it's ok if it's a nearsighted girl giving a stick shifter a blowjob... or an asian girl going down on a bowl of noodles.

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When will this filth be banned?

I caught my kid watching Youtube once. It seemed innocent enough but then all of a sudden there were people doing adult things on the screen. That's right - someone was driving a car. My son is dead now, and so is the old lady he ran over.

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@Anonymous Coward 22nd May 2009 10:09 GMT

"This form of protest is known as "terrorism"." no it isn't it's known as funny, and your and idiot.

Lets face it the only thing that's going to "explode" is fairly unlikely to kill anyone

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I wish...

...humanity (cough) would not put so much importance on sex. Yes I know it's the most important act a human can make in regards to reproduction but FFS all the moral zealots should be shot. Seriously. Sex is NOT wrong or immoral as long as it is between consenting adults. Children should NOT be shielded from it but educated properly. The trouble is there are too many PC parents (Read brainwashed) who don't have a clue about how to deal with broaching the subject with their little 'uns and expect the state to take care of everything for them (Read: {arents are lazy fuckwits).

Paris knows all about those.

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Its really a subversive plot by Hulu...

This is a way to drive all those parents to ban YouTube and to force the kiddies to look only at Hulu for their online content.

Then as those kiddies grow up, they'll instinctively look at Hulu first for their choice in online content.

Evil, no?

But then again, YouTube is owned by the evil google empire so what does that tell you?

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Hannah Montana?

Oh, that's easy then; just delete EVERYTHING with "Hannah Montana" references. You're doing your kids a favor.

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@Sal

"As for some of the comments already posted, how anyone with any degree of intelligence can condone or celebrate the act of showing porn to children, is way beyond my comprehension."

How anyone with any degree of intelligence can let children use YouTube without supervision is beyond my intelligence.

Seriously, how dumb does someone have to be in order to believe that YouTube is a child-friendly space? Seriously? Boggled, I am.

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Pricks

Who are the majority of people who will be searching youtube for Hannah Montana? ...... I guess that would be kids.

Superb, so now not only can my kids find porn when they are looking for cartoons, all the technologically ignorant wankers will lobby for tighter internet regulation (and possibly rightly so under the circumstances) because some arseholes will abuse the facilities

If kids are searching for porn, and happen to find porn then the internet is only doing what it is expected to do. If porn was found when searching for say 'fishing' or 'fighting', then not many children would be likely to find it. The names here though are clearly targetted at children, and this is deceitful and sick - whoever done it should be locked up and registered as sex offenders.

Pricks.

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Alien

On amfm

anyone else creeped out when you can actually follow one of amfm's posts?

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@Andrew Halliwell

IF the flesh-seeking algorithm were viable, it would be child's play to simply pick a few random frames in the middle of a video file as it is being uploaded, and pipe them through the test. The file upload could simply fail if the flesh-toned threshold were crossed by those frame samples.

However it's easy to see that such an algorithm would produce far too many false positives.

For example, to an algorithm that analyzes the ratio between flesh-toned pixels (caucasian? tanned? negro? asian? what IS "flesh-toned", anyway?) and non-flesh-toned pixels within any given file, what's the difference between a girl in a bikini on the beach and a nude girl lying on a bed? Definitely not enough to determine whether one was porn and the other was not. Similarly, its pretty easy to fool such an algorithm by simply reducing the size of the nude element so that the ratio shifts toward non-flesh-color pixels.

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The BBC could have done it

you know to show off all the insecurities, that plague the internet, of course what they do is all legal and beyond reproach.

So no more Music Videos, yes it was a bit confusing, were they ever legal? I thought YouTube was Google and they kept in the law. It is so hard to tell nowadays where everyone is just making up the law themselves.

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"I'm constantly amazed by how even the most inoffensive material attracts a stream of racist, xenophobic and mysoginist ranting, posted by barely-literate haflwits."

It's the kids that are writing those messages!

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