YouTube flooded with disguised porn videos


22 May 2009

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A pre-planned and deliberate deluge of pornographic material has left video sharing site YouTube with the task of deleting thousands of videos and freezing the accounts of individuals involved.

In what has been dubbed as ‘Porn Day’, several accounts from several locations worldwide – including fake ones set up for the sole purpose of uploading these videos – uploaded sexually explicit material that was tagged with teen popstar names such as Hannah Montana and the Jonas Brothers.

This meant that those searching for these keywords may have come across the pornographic videos that has ten or so seconds of seemingly innocent footage before turning x-rated.

Scott Rubin, a spokesperson for the Google-owned site, told the BBC that it was aware of the videos: “We are addressing them as we would any video that violates our community guidelines.

"In addition, any account we discover that has been set up specifically to attack YouTube will be disabled,” he added.

One user who claims to have been involved in the organized upload claims that it was through 4Chan (the site behind the Rickrolling phenomenon) and that this was planned as a protest against YouTube’s policy of deleting copyright music videos used by non-owners.

Google has not yet said whether all of this material has been completely removed, but it is in the process of doing so.

By Marie Boran

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