YouTube refuses to document human rights violations in China
YouTube refuses to document human rights violations in China

YouTube has come under fire for cracking down on videos documenting China's attacks on Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang.

Reuters has learned that YouTube has removed dozens of videos from the Atajit Kazakhstan human rights channel and removed the channel itself.

The reason is that the channel violated the platform's anti-harassment policy by discussing a video about the disappearance of people from Xinjiang.

The channel said the people in the video were carrying identification cards showing they had been in contact with missing residents in Xinjiang and had received multiple warnings violating the ban on disclosing sensitive personal information.

The kidnapping took place, according to reports from unknown parties.

After the petition, YouTube recovered some of the videos. But she did not explain why some of them remain invisible.

The company asked Kazakh human rights broadcaster Tagourt to hide or remove some identifiers. However, the channel is reluctant to do so as it may affect the credibility of the video.

A spokesperson for the platform said YouTube banned the channel on June 15 for alleged violations and resumed the channel after three days of carefully examining the appeal.

YouTube refuses to record human rights violations

Kazakh human rights channel Tagourt supports these videos via the blockchain-based platform Odysee to prevent YouTube from extracting them. However, the channel does not intend to stop publishing videos on the Google platform.

YouTube has stated that it accepts videos that record human rights abuses and knows that Atagurt Kazakhstan's human rights channel has not displayed any badges.

However, it believes that the channel does not provide sufficient educational, documentary, scientific and artistic content to allow exceptions to its policy.

These deletions raised questions about the clarity of YouTube's rules and the origin of the request. While the channel appears to be violating some rules, I'm not sure how this applies to every video or why the organization doesn't treat it as an exception.

It should also be noted that the deletion compliance report does not fall within YouTube's screening practices.

Kazakh human rights broadcaster Tagut said she feared the extradition request would come from pro-China groups trying to crack down on atrocities in Xinjiang.

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