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The cold war has hit a new low…. a laser image was projected on the US Embassy showing Obama “eating” or as the Russians said “swallowing” a banana. Said to be done by “protestors”.
If you’re a video maker on youtube, at some point (most likely) you’ve ran into the threat of false flagging your videos down, or the actual act was done to you by some anonymous person.
Its happened to me SIX times in the past ! Each time, I’ve had my channel restored.
We all know the flagging process is abused, and flawed — and leads to channels being flagged down by “fake” people, such as “Daffy Duck” , dead people like River Phoenix , and Randy Savage.
Clearly false claims , which are approved through the automatic (and obviously flawed / broken ) flagging system on youtube.
There is a way to get your channel back, if you’ve been hit with multiple claims which cause a shut down.
Follow these steps to begin the process of hopeful return : If you’re rejected, or run into problems (get lost in the shuffle) you can repeat the process until you get results.
You are dealing with real people doing this particular dispute , not a computer.
Remember, everything you send them is LEGAL.
Ironically, the people who filed the false claims did NOT have to do any of this. Which is why we really can say the system is beyond broken.
Here are the steps you need to take:
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You’ll need to provide the following information that will allow us to contact you regarding your request:
Please include the URL(s) of the exact video(s) or we will be unable to reinstate them. The URL should be in the following format: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxxxxxxxxxx.
Your counter notification must include specific links to the material that has been removed or disabled. General information about the video, such as a channel URL or username, is not adequate.
“I consent to the jurisdiction of the Federal District Court for the district in which my address is located, or if my address is outside of the United States, the judicial district in which YouTube is located, and will accept service of process from the claimant.”
“I swear, under penalty of perjury, that I have a good faith belief that the material was removed or disabled as a result of a mistake or misidentification of the material to be removed or disabled.”
Complete counter notifications require your physical or electronic signature, or the signature of a representative authorized to act on your behalf, such as an attorney. To satisfy this requirement, you may type your full legal name (a first and last name, not a company name) to act as your signature at the bottom of your request.
You may submit these requests via email, postal mail, or fax, being sure to include the requirements above.
Who / Where to contact at Google :
If you prefer to contact us via email, postal mail, or fax, here is information about how to do so:
Fax: +1 650 872 8513
YouTube (Google, Inc.)
901 Cherry Ave.
San Bruno, CA 94066
Phone: +1 650 214 6064
Please keep in mind, we can process claims submitted within the body of an email more quickly than those submitted as PDFs.
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Original video the article is referencing here:
Earlier this month, Google ( GOOG ) overhauled YouTube’s comment section — the place where taste, logic, and decency go to die — and integrated Google+ in the hopes that attaching real names would lead to better discussions.
The response from users, however, was far from positive. Users bemoaned the erosion of privacy and the ability to post videos and comments anonymously. (Never mind the fact that any site with a Facebook ( FB ) comment section featuring real names contains just about as much ignorance and hate as your standard YouTube video.) They accused the move of being a blatant attempt to boost Google+ traffic and usage, and complained that the actual implementation of the comment section — wherein awful posts are pushed to the top simply because they have a large number of replies — is one of the worst design decisions Google has ever backed.
But if you thought the recent changes Google made to YouTube were bad before, wait until you hear the harrowing, nightmarish tale of what happened to Michael Janitch, a.k.a dutchsinse, when his account was flagged.
Janitch found himself at the mercy of a major security flaw in Google+, influenced by the company’s push to use real names on the social network. His dutchsinse profile on Google+ was flagged erroneously (and, with a heaping bowl of irony, anonymously) for being an imposter. In cases like these, Google tends to take a “shut down first, never ask questions later” approach and promptly deleted Janitch’s dutchsinse page. However, because his popular YouTube page is tied to that Google+ account, all his videos and subscribers were removed as well.
More than 800 videos and 75,000 subscribers accumulated over the course of three years gone, all because someone flagged his separate Google+ account. His YouTube account, according to Janitch, never received a single strike or violation otherwise.
Janitch wasn’t sent an email from YouTube or Google+ regarding the issue. And despite having his cell phone number tied to both accounts for log-in verification, he didn’t receive a mobile notification either.
Making matters even more Kafkaesque, not only is there absolutely no way to dispute the flag before Google automatically shuts down a profile, there is no official recourse to get your videos back. It took one of Janitch’s inside connections at Google to contact the policy team to restore his YouTube page, his videos, and his subscribers. But that still left Janitch without a means to use his Google+ account on YouTube without going through a confirmation process.
And that confirmation process is pretty horrifying, too.
From Google+, a user who has been flagged as an imposter is taken to a Reinstatement Request page which reads:
Google+ has always been about connecting just the right people. Whether you’re reaching out to an old friend or looking up the business hours of a local store on its Google+ Page, you want to be confident that these profiles and pages really represent who they say they do. We are concerned that your Google+ Page is impersonating another person or entity. In order to keep Google+ safe, we need to verify some information about your page.
From there, you identify the profile as either an individual or business, and then you’re taken to a form to confirm your identity.
How do you confirm your identity? A photo ID.
Proving that online anonymity has fully eroded on YouTube, Janitch was forced to send a copy of his passport to prove his identity. However, bear in mind, the Google+ profile was for “dutchsinse,” not Michael Janitch. Obviously, the name “dutchsinse” doesn’t appear anywhere on Janitch’s passport, so there was no simple way for him to confirm his online persona.
And Janitch had to go through this process six times.
Six times, someone with a grudge — or simply wishing to prove the absolute mess caused by YouTube’s Google+ integration — flagged Janitch’s account as an imposter and six times he had to jump through hoops in order to get it back. Of course, the user flagging the account doesn’t have to provide an ID in order to prove that Janitch was, in fact, impersonating him. Only the accused must prove his innocence.
It is astounding how many problems Google caused with this integration. Cleaning up YouTube comments is a wonderful notion, some might even say a pipe dream. But not only did Google exacerbate the problem — as evidenced by fake Google+ accounts and the lack of a character limit in the new comment section — it has penalized honest YouTube users with a confirmation rigmarole for erroneous accusations on a completely different site.
Google, it’s time to fix your fix.