YouTube Censorship: Claims a brief example that we posted of Television show bias violates their Community Guidelines

18 May , 2020  

Blue Bloods, CBS, Season 10, Episode 12, January 10, 2020

In January, we posted a brief eleven second video from the CBS show Blue Bloods. The show made the false claim that police commit suicides at high rates because they have “easy access to guns,” and we provided the clip as yet another example of the misleading information provided about guns on television shows. On Sunday, May 17, 2020, we were informed that there had been a complaint against our post and that their review found that we had violated YouTube’s Community Guidelines. If you think that we have posted something that contains nudity or sexual content, hateful content, harmful or dangerous content, violent or graphic content, threats, violates someone’s privacy, or impersonates someone, please let us know. Of course, people can judge that for themselves by looking at the copy of the video embedded above. This very short eleven second clip is being used for purely educational purposes and does not violate any copyright regulations.

This isn’t the first time that we have run into problems with social media. Twitter has previously locked both the Crime Prevention Research Center’s account and Dr. John Lott’s account.

Our appeal (which is limited to 195 characters):

This 11 second clip from a popular family orientated TV show is used to illustrate some misleading info on TV. The Crime Prevention Research Center is an educational organization of academics.


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