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By 9:20 CET, August 14, 2018 we had received a couple of letters concerning our censored video from the YouTube Team. The latest letter was explaining the position of members of the YouTube Team on employment of age-restrictions on videos.
The provided explanation was not related to the content of our video. However, at about 9:30-9:40 CET, the age-restriction was lifted from “Russian Military Campaign in Syria 2015-2018“.
It looks like the initial situation with the age restriction of “Russian Military Campaign in Syria 2015-2018” was caused by some fake reports on “violent or graphic content that appears to be posted in a shocking, sensational, or disrespectful manner” in it.
Then, a member of the YouTube Team decided to place the video behind an agre restriction. This decision was made in violating of YouTube’s own rules and was likely motivited by some political views of this very moderator.
Explaining the decision, one of the YouTube Team specialists showed a unexpected vulgarity.
However, after the further correspondence with YouTube support, the situation was developing. Members of the YouTube Team reviewed “Russian Military Campaign in Syria 2015-2018” once again and lifted the age restriction from it.
We express thanks to competent members of the YouTube team that have solved this situation.
For our part, we understand a complicated situation including a possible pressure, in which YouTube moderators may operate. We hope that YouTube will strictly follow the principle of equal rights, freedom of speech and own rules employing them fairly and avoiding discrimination by any factors.
SouthFront once again wants to give a huge thanks to our audience for the warm support provided and to responsible members of the YouTube team.
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