[ View the story "Tony Abbott suspended on YouTube after 'deceptive content' complaints" on Storify] Tony Abbott suspended on YouTube after 'deceptive content' complaints Australian PM's video message about 'delivering on our promises' temporarily taken down.
The Stream· Mon, Feb 03 2014 09:07:42
The Australian prime minister, Tony Abbott, posts a video to YouTube boasting of how "we've delivered on our promises" and spends a lot of the time pretty much calm-ranting about "illegal" asylum seekers. YouTube decides the video is "deceptive content" and blocks anyone from viewing it. For hours, the boast about 'promises delivered' and YouTube's denial sits there on the linked video right on PM Abbott's Twitter feed, while the below image is tweeted and Facebooked across the planet, to much amusement and mockery.theorstrahyun.blogspot.com.au
@robelinda2 @superedge Pretty astonishing that they would do that to an official channel of a national leader. Heads will roll no doubtChris Cox
*snort* even YouTube knows he is full of it. Tony Abbott's video suspended from YouTube for deceptive content.
As funny as it is to have Abbott's video taken down for "Spam, scams and deceptive content" don't you have anything more productive to do?Alex Napier
Can youtube shut down his office and laws too?WeAreAllBrainWashed
The account was soon restored and the video is again available on YouTube:
A Message from the PM - Delivering on Our Promisesmrtabbott1
YouTube's parent company Google denied any intention behind the removal and suspension in a
Occasionally, a video flagged by users is mistakenly taken down. When this is brought to our attention, we quickly review the content and take appropriate action, including restoring videos or channels that had been removed.news.com.au
A few users said they thought the political content of the video deserved removal, specifically Abbott's points on a contentious
toward asylum seekers:
Abbott spent most of today's video message talking about illegal boats.No wonder YouTube stopped it.#auspol
Is YouTube calling PM Abbott a liar for claiming he's delivered on his promises, or did they can the vid because in the vid he called aslyum seekers "illegals" when international law decrees they are most certainly not?theorstrahyun.blogspot.com.au
Some users discussed Google's statement on the incident:
Youtube DOES autoban flagged videos, and Youtube wouldn't remove a video from a politician because they were misleading people or else there would be millions of other videos by politicians, creationists, and science-denialists that would be deleted as well.reddit.com
@topher_1976 @robelinda2 @superedge There was nothing deceptive in his video, no more than any other political leaderChris Cox
good on youtube for keeping it real, even if it wasn't their primary intention.reddit.com
Some users on social news site Reddit focused on the reason for the temporary account suspension. Some speculated Abbott's number of channel subscribers may have been artificially inflated. In August his office
accusations from opponents of purchasing Twitter followers after a large spike in activity.
I doubt any copyright violation was occurring and I doubt youtube would be making such blatantly partisan decisions as to ban him for, well, not living up to electoral promises. Heres my guess. He's using black-hat subscriber count rigging.reddit.com
Is there solid evidence linking him to the fake subscribers? It sounds like for a few hundred bucks anyone can have any account taken down that they'd like.coalrockers
Others said that the suspension was fitting considering Abbott's own attacks on Australian media, with one user referencing his
of the publicly funded Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).
YouTube is un-Australian for labeling Abbott's video "deceptive". The unpatriotic ABC is more powerful than we ever imagined! #auspolPM Tony Gaffeman
@GuardianAus Comments and Ratings are currently disabled for any video TA posts. Feedback from the electorate isn't welcomed by him. #auspolRhadamanthius