The biggest and most popular video-sharing and streaming website YouTube has said that it doesn’t “censor” content uploaded on it. The company instead relies on users flagging videos and then takes the appropriate action based on its ‘strong community guidelines’, a YouTube official has clarified. Recently, a French video blogger claimed that YouTube had tried to censor her video which contained an interview of European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker. Satya Raghavan, Head, Entertainment Content at YouTube India, was asked at a roundtable conference about how YouTube dealt with videos that could be create security issues and whether there were any plans on restricting them. Also Read - YouTube gets over 10 billion downloads on Google Play store
“We have very strong community guidelines. The way it works is that we rely on users flagging off content that is inappropriate and when that happens, that is when we review it. We see where it is against our community guidelines and then we take the right kind of action. That’s the chain,” Raghavan said. He adds, “We don’t censor anything. What we do is we rely on the wisdom of the masses to flag-off things. We are a truly democratic platform.” Raghavan said the website doesn’t demonetize videos that have controversial topics. “No. What we have realized is there are some videos that we think are not fit for advertisers. So those videos we definitely turn off at times. The website also takes into consideration requests from local governments,” he further said. Also Read - Google, YouTube, Gmail suffered massive outage last night: Here’s what happened
“There are a lot of places where the law of the land is important. And that’s where we work with local governments where there are specific requests. Obviously we obey that,” added Raghavan, who declined to comment on specific recent requests from the Indian government.