Manner again in 2007, Google introduced the CitizenTube YouTube channel as the positioning's “political video blog.” Though it has not been utilized in fairly a couple of years (the newest video was uploaded in 2012), it was just lately terminated for violating YouTube's coverage. CitizenTube is now reside once more, however given the varieties of movies which have populated the channel's homepage, it appears to be like prefer it was hacked.
We didn’t catch the channel whereas it was down, nevertheless it reportedly confirmed guests this message when accessed:
This account has been terminated on account of a number of or higher violations of YouTube's coverage towards spam, misleading practices, and deceptive content material or different Phrases of Service violations.
Given how CitizenTube is a Google-run channel, this was clearly a bit complicated. Some individuals speculated that the channel had hilariously been a sufferer of Google's automated DMCA algorithms. It's now again up, and it's surprisingly displaying a ton of political movies in principally Arabic, depicting information involving protests out of locations like Syria, Tunisia, and Bangladesh.
Our greatest guess is that the channel was hacked in an try and unfold this information, and that Google shut it down primarily based on the content material that was added. Nonetheless, it doesn’t appear to be the corporate has gotten round to cleansing the mess up but, because the movies are fairly clearly nonetheless there.
It's price realizing that the playlists you see are merely featured on the channel's frontpage; no movies have been uploaded (or they're not there anymore, not less than). Hopefully, we discover out what really went on behind the scenes quickly.