YouTube Deletes, Bans, Then Restores Videos & Accounts Showing Red Dead Redemption 2 Suffragette Murder
On Wednesday, a number of YouTubers had their videos removed - or worse, accounts banned - for uploading clips showing the many ways players can kill suffragettes in Red Dead Redemption 2.
According to YouTube, said videos breached the company's rules on acceptable content, and therefore had to be taken down with immediate effect.
A spokeswoman said: "YouTube's community guidelines prohibit among other things, gratuitous violence, nudity, dangerous and illegal activities, and hate speech."
But now, following mass social media backlash, "Annoying Feminist Fed To Alligator," among other uploads, has been restored and deemed fit for viewing to anyone above the age of 18.
(Quick heads up: don't worry if you haven't stumbled into an in-game women's rights campaigner yet, there's no spoilers here. They can be killed like any Red Dead 2 NPC, that's all.)
But why are they acceptable now, and not before? YouTube's head of gaming, Ryan Wyatt, blamed deletions on a misinterpretation of YouTube's community guidelines.
He said: "The reviewer will be educated on this outcome and on how to avoid repeating this mistake," but the BBC believes the initial ban actually "involved several members of YouTube's staff and that the original ruling was overruled once the business's wider gaming team took charge."
YouTube closed by channel because I killed a female NPC in #RDR2
They said It promoted violence.
You spend the entire games murdering men and no one cares, punch a woman and you get banned, are you out of your mind @YouTube @TeamYouTube @YTCreators @YongYea @JimSterling
- Shirrako (@ShirrakoGaming) November 7, 2018
One of the now-restored clips has amassed over 1.5 million views, and its parent channel, Shirrako, has just under 500k subscribers - which nearly shrank to zero thanks to this "mistake".
The UK-based YouTuber saw his account close before his eyes, and he was even banned from owning or setting up separate channels. A tad harsh, isn't it?
I suppose it's not as harsh as the methods used to kill suffragettes, such as dropping them down mineshafts; turning them into pig food; tying them up for an oncoming train; and setting them on fire. Gotta love video games.
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