Last night I posted a YouTube video of recent carnage in Kharkiv, Ukraine. It showed a large building being shelled — shocking, of course, but nothing grotesque, no dead bodies or pools of innocent blood. Almost right away the YouTube censors stepped in: “The following content has been identified by the YouTube community as inappropriate or offensive to some audiences.”
Good brave people are going through hell as they fight for their lives and their future, and “some audiences” might be offended by images of same?
Two days ago I read an article in the UK edition of Marie Claire (written by Health, Sustainability & Relationships Editor Ally Head) that offered tips for coping with the images of the Ukrainian horror. Translation: Here’s how you, sitting on your comfy couch or under a hair dryer in your beauty salon, can cope with their experience of death and destruction.
HE to YouTube monitors: Here’s a video of a captured Russian soldier weeping about having killed innocent Ukrainians. Will your extra-sensitive Millennial snowflakes find this offensive also? Contemplating the murder of innocent people is kind of upsetting, no?
If YouTube was somehow a thing back in late 1941, this “protect the delicate sensibilities of certain viewers” policy would prevent posts of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Or footage of the Atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Or images of Nazi concentration camps. Or footage of 9/11.