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For example, a documentary on breast cancer would be appropriate, but posting clips out of context from the same documentary might not be…In cases where videos do not cross the line, but still contain sexual content, we may apply an age-restriction so that only viewers over a certain age can view the content.”For Mtshali, these community guidelines are not good enough.
She said that in the modern world, when it is difficult enough already to cling on to traditions, Google is making it even harder.“I, as a South African, want to celebrate my culture.
I could tell you that half of the girls…say their images had been taken down.
You get this message saying your images are inappropriate,” she said.
But they noticed that something strange was happening to many of the videos that showed their bare breasts: they were being marked as “age-restricted” by You Tube, or taken down entirely, as if the content was somehow sexual in nature.“The last Reed Dance, we got all excited, we wanted to show off.Protesters gathered in Durban to challenge Google’s restrictions on cultural content and to force it to rethink its guidelines on nudity, arguing this policy perpetuates racist views about certain African cultural practices.(Photo: TV Yabantu)Nobukhosi Mtshali felt a little lost when she first arrived in Johannesburg.Although the restrictions were applied haphazardly - some videos were deemed inappropriate, while others with similar content were left alone - the impact was significant.“They started removing advertising from our videos, then the views started dropping, the revenues started dropping,” said Dlamini.“We don’t care about the revenues, we care about the insult to our culture.”He contacted Google, which owns You Tube, to try and explain that his context was not inappropriate, but simply reflected the cultural values of his community.