ALPHABET SOUP: Is This YouTube’s Stance on Anti-Porn PSAs or Is It Just Us They Have a Problem With?

youtube-unsuspendfoxxandfosterUPDATE: Both Foxx and Foster and PITV Online channels have been reinstated. Foxx and Foster received a strike for our February 2015 Webcast Review. This means we are on probation for 6 months. Being it’s difficult to understand why videos are deleted or stricken from use, it’s difficult to know how long these accounts will be able to be sustained. Thus, we branch out to Vimeo and other avenues for backup and some fair protection. 

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EDITORIAL: We created a YouTube channel for our show which has developed into a new series we decided to name “Foxx and Foster.” Other media sources have more than one channel and their content is sometimes shared on more than one of them. We are doing nothing nefarious here, Alphabet, Google, YouTube. Really!

None of our channels are duplicates. We each have our own personal channels and we have channels for specific shows. We each have our own shows and we also have shows together. Our ‘Foxx and Foster’ channel was for our joint shows only. PITVOnline is for my personal videos and many Alex has done on her own plus our joint work because we didn’t have a Foxx and Foster channel to use. We are growing rapidly so restructuring these venues take time to design, build and produce content for. Obviously, YouTube has a problem with our type of creativity. Obviously someone at Alphabet, Google or YouTube has a BIG problem with video activism!

From the tone of this message, someone there definitely has a HUGE problem with something we’ve said. This was a new account, just created days before it was terminated. It’s highly accusatory, and insulting to boot. It’s a blatant attempt to suppress our growth. And here’s how quickly and easily they do it all.

First, I get this notice that my appeal of a deleted video has been denied:

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As you can see by the date and time of both messages, they denied our appeal for the video and then terminated the account completely.
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Then I go check out my PITVOnline channel and low and behold, it’s been terminated too. I guess anyone with more than one YouTube channel better watch out. Say something they don’t like and you’ll be gone. Will my last channel TheFoxxsChannel survive and if so, for how long???

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I HAVE APPEALED THE TERMINATION:

“The terminated account message I got was very insulting and just as incorrect. I simply created a channel to feature our new show, just as NBC has its’ own channel and then has the Today Show channel. I have a personal channel and 2 shows with channels. They have some duplication but also quite a bit of different content. Our videos have no spam as was listed on your termination notice. Our videos do not disparage Youtube in any way as was also listed as a reason. Our show is a anti-pornography PSA. Are you saying Google and Youtube are now pro-porn so our videos are being suppressed in favor of the porn industry? I respectfully request this account be reinstated. Otherwise, we will have to determine what actions are necessary to address this violation of our free speech and right to advocate for the rights of sex workers and women.”

I GOT THIS NICE AUTO REPLY. A TAD DIFFERENT TONE, WOULDN’T YOU SAY?

“Thanks for contacting our Google Accounts team. We’ll review your report, and will contact you only if we have additional information to share.

We appreciate your taking the time to contact us.”

So…I’m wondering…why is YouTube targeting our channels? First, they deleted certain videos on my other channels a few months ago and when I tweeted about it, they were reinstated. Now, they not only deleted videos, they deleted this entire account AND they have forbidden us from creating any others!

It will take time to load all the videos to other sites and then to change all the embed code for all the websites these videos were posted to. They have definitely shut down many sources to the truth about the porn industry from being seen. They can slow us down but they can’t stop us!

What do you think is YouTube/Google/Alphabet’s problem with us? Is it our anti-porn activism? Our Womenist viewpoints? Or are they targeting conservatives like Twitter’s been doing?

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Twitter has taken yet another step towards alienating right-wing users of the platform, suspending the popular conservative blogger Robert Stacy McCain.

Needless to say, we’ve created a new channel at Vimeo who has been awesome so far in helping us grow our activism. Check out our new channel HERE (it will take some time to add the videos we want to promote here so see where we began).

FOXX AND FOSTER VIMEO CHANNEL

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