YouTube flip flop: Dalit Camera taken down, then restored

YouTube channel, Dalit Camera,  which voiced opinions about marginalised groups, was taken down by the video-sharing website and just as abruptly restored in the evening on the same day.

Published: 01st February 2017 04:08 AM  |   Last Updated: 01st February 2017 04:08 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

HYDERABAD: Popular YouTube channel, Dalit Camera,  which voiced opinions about marginalised groups, on Tuesday, was taken down by the US based video-sharing website and just as abruptly restored in the evening on the same day.  

Dalit Camera received an e-mail intimation from YouTube on Tuesday stating that it has been been terminated after a copyright takedown notice about their video was received by YouTube.

The video is titled ‘MAHAA TV-16-04-2012 on Beef, Sudharshan, Kancha Ilaiha poet 1’ and it was reportedly taken down based on a copyright violation reported by Tamada media, based in Hyderabad.

“You now have one copyright strike. If you get multiple copyright strikes, we will have to disable your account. To prevent that from happening, please don’t upload videos holding copyrighted content that you aren’t allowed to use,” the email read.

When Dalit Camera founder Ravichandran Bathran was contacted, he termed it a ‘trap.’

“YouTube has never welcomed depiction of content related to Dalit issues. A lot of explicit content is usually uploaded by YouTube but the site has a distaste for videos depicting Dalit and minority issues. Even mainstream media plays a role in sidelining our channel, he said.

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