November 18, 2011

Irony alert: Citing "privacy concerns," YouTube threatens removal of my "Occupy Denver" video shot at BlogCon11


A brief re-cap, because this kind of move from Google, YouTube, et al., perfectly encapsulates how media is able to manipulate messaging in this country — be it through left-friendly media providers like Google, or by way of the legacy media, whose lovingly romanticized depictions of the various “occupy” fiascos has quite intentionally covered-up the intellectually vapid complaints of the protesters themselves.

There’s a reason left-wing journalists were hoping to work with the leadership strata of the occupy movement to help them shape their official message: it was an attempt to help co-opt a hippie frat party, to make calculated political hay out of anti-capitalist, anti-Semitic, anarchist malcontents living on ramshackle tent farms.

And now, YouTube has given me 48 hours to address vague privacy concerns — in a video taken when Occupy Denver protesters crashed a private event and were filmed (by me and others) doing so.

That I happened to catch several students whose school and teacher have argued were there merely to “observe” actually joining in with the protesters is not a “privacy issue.” It’s a “yes, you should be embarrassed, because your official statements to the local Denver media don’t jibe with the actual real-time evidence” issue — one that, as good little leftists, the school, or the students, or the students’ representatives, etc., are hoping to airbrush out of existence.

Or at least, to make it harder for people to find.

And here we’ve been told that this class was but an idealistic group of young truthseekers, led by a principled and courageous teacher whose goal it was to introduce these eager young minds to the workings of a democratic republic.

Funny how the search for Truth is so conveniently dismissed as banal tripe when the Truth just so happens to paint the self-described truth seekers as the little wannabe-tyrants that they so willingly and publicly presented themselves to be.


Here’s the text of the YouTube email. I’ve redacted the very first bit of identifying information, because the video was hosted on a friend’s account:

This is to notify you that we have received a privacy complaint from an individual regarding your content:
————————————————————- Video URLs:
The information reported as violating privacy is at 0_48-2_04

We would like to give you an opportunity to review the content in question and remove any personal information that may be used to uniquely identify or contact the complainant. You have 48 hours to take action on the complaint. If you remove the alleged violation from the site within the 48 hours, the complaint filed will then be closed. If the potential privacy violation remains on the site after 48 hours, the complaint will be reviewed by the YouTube Team and may be removed pursuant to our Privacy Guidelines ( For content to be considered for removal, an individual must be uniquely identifiable by image, voice, full name, Social Security number, bank account number or contact information (e.g., home address, email address). Examples that would not violate our privacy guidelines include gamer tags, avatar names, and address information in which the individual is not named. We also take public interest, newsworthiness, and consent into account when determining if content should be removed for a privacy violation. If the alleged violation is located within the video itself, you may have to remove the video completely. If someone’s full name or other personal information is listed within the title, description, or tags of your video, you can edit this by going to My Videos and clicking the Edit button on the reported video. Making a video private is not an appropriate method of editing, as the status can be changed from private to public at any time. Because they can be turned off at any time, annotations are also not considered an acceptable solution. We’re ommitted to protecting our users and hope you understand the importance of respecting others’ privacy. When uploading videos in the future, please remember not to post someone else’s image or personal information without their consent. For more information, please
review our Privacy Guidelines


The YouTube Team

The Denver media considered the video newsworthy enough to include it in their story on the local teacher who brought her class to Occupy Denver, and then to that group’s attempts to storm our private conference.

That they were filmed doing so, and in an “interview” with me claimed that they were “the 99%” and that they “were being taught in school” that people like me are “fucking up their future” — even as the teacher and the school claim that the students were there to “observe” and were neutral in the matter — certainly speaks to this video’s value as a remedy to statements provided by the school and the teacher to the local Denver news media.

update: I’ve posted a copy of the video here, as well.

Also, a better rendition is parked here (with thanks to badanov)

Posted by Jeff G. @ 10:22am

Comments (45)

  1. Maybe you could add a black bar across their eyes and boobies.

  2. Maybe if you superimposed images of Obama over their faces…

  3. Hmmm, where “Democracy” is Tyranny?

    For content to be considered for removal, an individual must be uniquely identifiable by image, voice, full name, Social Security number, bank account number or contact information (e.g., home address, email address).

    So: no contact information, no bank account number, no Social Security number, no full name . . . aha! they speak! With voices! And their faces are — nearly like all human faces! — unique to themselves! (They’re individuals? Whazza individual inna world made of pease?)

    Under terms like these, wouldn’t 99% of videos depicting human beings on YouTube be actionable? Where’s the action?

  4. How about contacting PJTV, and giving them the video? Or NRO for that matter?

    NRO has Charlie Cook out interviewing the frothing degenerate mob and posting his videos. I don’t think he’s faced any hassle, and if he did, he’d have an organization to stand behind him.

    What you need is an organization that won’t immediately block you because of trumped-up charges. Short of hosting your own video, the organizations above look like good options.

  5. oh those poor little kittens! hahahahahaha I hope mommies and daddies are humiliated by this. I know I would be.

    I think this clearly qualifies as newsworthy reporting however, given their own attempts to shape the news coverage of their behavior.

    Hey – how come those little girls have nicer phones than I do? Are they part of the 1%??

  6. YouTube should proofread their email. Omitted, or committed?

  7. There are an awful lot of people in that video. Have you asked them which one has the problem? That would be fun to know.

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  9. Consequences for actions? Better get that evidence down the memory hole chop chop.

  10. Pablo, I’m thinking it isn’t anyone in the video that submitted a complaint, but some online passerby who decided to save these dunderheaded girls the embarrassment of being known for the ninnies they are.

  11. Someone moving in exactly the other directiontoward exposure, at risk of life and limb — in Egypt.

  12. Almost certainly rich, or upper middle class parents, who have much to lose personally and professionally from their children’s actions. This sort of stuff is a real karma bummer when you’re searchable–and identifiable–as your application to Yale or Cornell is hashed out. It’s even more of a facial zit when the second interview at J.P.Morgan is approaching in five years.

    The argument over expectations of privacy are priceless. Inserting oneself into a private event, speaking into a camera….I’d love to see this one hashed out.

    I wish you were rich.

  13. I liked how when the blonde one reached out to cover your camera, it obviously dawns on the other one she should turn her camera off.

    Kinda like when they objected to the language used around innocent little 17 year old girls, when it was just her own statement repeated back to her as a question.

    Self awareness never was a hallmark of the young and proggy.

  14. I wish I could believe that video would be a detriment to their getting into an Ivy. It seems more likely they’d be inundated with invitations to apply: “You’re just what we’re looking for!”

  15. Serves you right. You obviously tricked those underage girls into making that por…

    Wait, what? They were standing in a public place acting like fools?

    Blur their faces and make them sound like chipmunks. That should fix it.

  16. One hopes this is just an auto-generated notice triggered by somebody making a complaint. One hopes that after the 48-hour deadline, the complaint department will realize that this is just somebody trying to cover up their own stupidity.

    One hopes.

  17. One count of “Embarrassing a Progressive”, aggravated by “Failure to Mollycoddle”…

  18. Could be one of the ‘rents doing damage control as Roddy suggests, but my first thought was it’s the school. The parents think they’re sending their precious daughters to a Catholic school where they’ll be safe. Who’s going to fork over $14,000 a year for tuition to have their kid taught by imbeciles like Ms. Bard? How many parents will agree that taking a bunch of high school girls on a field trip to a potential riot is a good idea? This is very damaging to the St. Mary’s brand.

    And who’s been “uniquely” identified? So far the only names we’ve got are Celia Bard, Deirdre Cryor, and St. Mary’s Academy. You didn’t name them, but your video clearly shows that Ms. Cryor, the President of St. Mary’s Academy, is lying about her students’ participation in the protest. That too is very damaging. You’ve put them in a position where they only have two options — admit they fucked up mightily, or try to bury the story. I’m not surprised they’d go for the later although it only underscores their stupidity in thinking they can kill a story once it’s hit the intertubes.

    BTW, you might want to contact The Denver Channel and let them know that someone is trying to bury part of a story they thought important enough to cover. Nothing like the smell of blood in the water to get the journos interested.

  19. I have downloaded your video, converted into .mpg format and am hosting it here. If you have objections to another source for hosting it, say so and I will take it down, but only you.

  20. No, that’s great, badanov. The more places where we can stash it the better.

    Much appreciated.

  21. I suspect the gentleman I have cruelly dubbed “Belligerent Asshole with Glasses on Forehead” is at the heart of the takedown attempt.

  22. I just downloaded the .mpg from badanov’s link, though I’m not sure where I’d post it. Anyway I have it, for posterity’s sake if nothing else.

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  24. And I’ve stored the flv. away if needed.

  25. “it was an attempt to help co-opt a hippie frat party,”

    Except I fear you’ve got your causality backwards. It may have turned out to be (or look like) a hippie frat party (with the riff-raff safely excluded from actual action), but these Occupy protests weren’t spontaneous uprisings in the least. All of the usual suspects—from Van Jones to Michael Lerner to ACORN to Andy Stern to SEIU—have been organizing this stuff for years.

    Supposedly, what they most object to are the Wall Street bailouts, but that happened THREE YEARS AGO! The Tea Parties responded to TARP and the Stimulus and the obvious debt locomotive bearing down on us right away—we all saw with our own eyes how the Santelli rant on CNBC sparked the movement (the energy for which was Just Sitting There, until people realized they were not alone).

    I question the timing: The economy is more vulnerable now that it was when the bailouts happened, and getting people in The Right Place At The Right Time to nudge things their way when it all goes patas arriba is at least part of what these mobs are about.

    OWS Activist Says Glenn Beck Is Right
    Soros Connections to OWS
    Fully Organized Movement

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    So the MSM wasn’t attempting to co-opt anything: they were following their marching orders from whatever supplanted Journolist (or whatever communication medium we haven’t discovered yet). They’re fully integrated with the messaging of this movement, which we haven’t seen the last of, despite their being cleared out of their encampments.

    They’re turning their attention to bridges, subways, transportation hubs. They’re just getting their useful idiots primed for Direct Action.

    And why wouldn’t they? It’s what they do.

  26. Saved the MPG to my hard drive, which will also go to my external hard drive and my off-site backup.

  27. For all that dicentra, it looks to me as though the progressives are merely demonstrating once again (and not even louder) just how bankrupt their ideological dreams have become. This Owwies stuff is a piffle, other than unnecessarily wasting municipal budgets here and there — e’en that will come to next to naught.

  28. OWS is just fodder for chit chatters

    if it illustrates anything I think it shows America a picture of a particular strain of vermin what infests our cities

  29. but it’s a teensy tiny demographically insignificant strain for all that

  30. Perhaps we can come up with a vaccination for that.

  31. Problem is leigh, a vaccine involves independent reading and thinking . . . just a bit out of the reach of the typical Owwie.

  32. Hmmmm. Well then, we need to come up with a catchy slogan or a jingle.

  33. what I’ve noticed though is there’s a real life varietal of conservative – sort in the Ron Paul zone – what like to say they were sympathetic to the occutards “at first”

    they don’t really show any awareness that they’d been played at the outset – they seem to think the movement changed in some way

    and what can you tell them?

  34. *sorta* in the Ron Paul zone I mean

  35. I added it to Vimeo. Seems this video isn’t going away anytime soon.

  36. “I added it to Vimeo. Seems this video isn’t going away anytime soon.”

    Heh! Some young ladies need to Google ‘Streisand Effect’, I think..

    *gets popcorn*

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  40. I just uploaded the .mpg to my website at — unfortunately my iPhone, at least, doesn’t play .mpg movies so I also uploaded an .mp4 version.

    Unfortunately .mp4 has crappy compression.

  41. It’s now been 48 hours since you posted this, longer since you received the take-down notice. But the video is still there. Can we declare victory yet?

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