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YouTube Concedes Error in Banning American Life League's Pro-Life Video

Censored Video Restored After Objections From Pro-Life Media and

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    WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After numerous articles
 and pressure from Catholic and online media, Google-sponsored YouTube cited
 a "technical malfunction" as the reason American Life League's pro-life
 video was censored by YouTube staff.
 
 
 
     "Once word got out that YouTube had allowed the Planned Parenthood ads
 our report was based on to remain on their site, while at the same time
 censoring our report, a flurry of e-mails, blog posts, and complaints from
 the pro-life community pressured YouTube into reversing their decision,"
 said Jim Sedlak, vice president of American Life League.
 
 
 
     The original notification e-mail sent to American Life League by
 YouTube reads, "After being flagged by members of the YouTube community and
 reviewed by YouTube staff, the video below has been removed due to its
 inappropriate nature."
 
 
 
     Three days later, American Life League received a second e-mail that
 said:
 
 
 
     "This email is to inform you that a video was recently removed from
 your account due to a technical malfunction. The issue has since been
 remedied and we appologize (sic) for any inconvenience or distress this may
 have caused. The following video(s) have been reinstated and your account
 has not been penalized."
 
 
 
     According to YouTube's user guide:
 
 
 
     "When a video gets flagged as inappropriate, we review the video to
 determine whether it violates our Terms of Use -- flagged videos are not
 automatically taken down by the system. If we remove your video after
 reviewing it, you can assume that we removed it purposefully, and you
 should take our warning notification seriously."
 
 
 
     Praising the YouTube decision, Sedlak commented "We are pleased that
 YouTube has reversed their decision to remove our video. Our ALL News
 Report was neither objectionable nor inappropriate. While it is unfortunate
 that YouTube chose this tactic in the first place, it is encouraging to
 note that they corrected their poor decision in a timely fashion."
 
 
 
     FOR MORE INFORMATION:
 
     -- American Life League's reinstated "Planned Parenthood Sells Sex"
 report (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsXQcR6q6E4)
 
 
 
     -- Alliance Defense Fund
 (http://alliancealert.org/adf.php/2008/02/12/american-life-league-video-att
 acking-planned-parenthood-yanked-from-youtube/)
 
 
 
     -- Catholic News Agency (http://catholicnewsagency.com/new.php?n=11758)
 
 
 
     -- EWTN (http://www.ewtn.com/vnews/getstory.asp?number=86025)
 
 
 
     -- Inside Catholic blog
 (http://insidecatholic.com/Joomla/index.php?option=com_myblog&show=YouTube-
 dumps-American-Life-League-video-in-favor-of-Planned-Parenthood.html&Itemid
 =127)
 
 
 
     -- News Busters
 (http://newsbusters.org/blogs/warner-todd-huston/2008/02/12/youtube-yanks-p
 ro-life-video-allows-planned-parenthood-vids)
 
 
 
     -- Catholic Answers blog
 (http://forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=218432)
 
 
 
     -- Pro Life Blogs
 (http://www.prolifeblogs.com/articles/archives/2008/02/youtube_censors.php)
 
 
 
     -- Catholic Fire blog
 (http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2008/02/youtube-yanks-all-video-keeps-pp-
 video.html)
 
 
 
     -- Google-sina medical, health articles,
 (http://google-sina.com/2008/02/14/icymi-youtube-censors-american-life-leag
 ue/)
 
 
 
     -- The Brown Pelican Society blog
 (http://brownpelicanla.com/index.php/all/2008/02/13/american_life_league_vi
 deo_yanked_by_you)
 
 
 
     -- USA Partisan blog
 (http://usapartisan.blogspot.com/2008/02/youtube-censors-american-life-leag
 ue.html)
 
 
 
     -- Fred Martinez's Monitor blog
 (http://fredmartinez.blogspot.com/2008/02/pro-abortion-youtube-censors-amer
 ican.html)
 
 
 
     -- Weasel Zippers blog
 (http://www.weaselzippers.net/blog/2008/02/youtube-still-s.html)
 
 
 
     -- St. John Valdosta's blog
 (http://stjohnsvaldosta.blogspot.com/2008/02/liberal-liberal-double-double-
 standard.html)
 
 
 
     -- Theology Online
 (http://www.theologyonline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=46245)
 
 
 
     -- Some Have Hats blog
 (http://somehavehats.typepad.com/some_have_hats/2008/02/strange-standar.htm
 l)
 
 
 
     -- Casusa Nostrae Laetitiae blog
 (http://causa-nostrae-laetitiae.blogspot.com/2008/02/american-life-league-v
 ideo-yanked-from.html)
 
 
 
     -- Major Autem His Est Caritas blog
 (http://gashwingomes.blogspot.com/2008/02/censorship-on-youtube.html)
 
 
 
     -- Bob Enyart Live (http://kgov.com/bel_56kbps/20080211)
 
 
 
     -- Free Republic blog
 (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1969167/posts)
 
 
 
     -- Clip Marks
 (http://www.clipmarks.com/clipmark/D2757E54-FF26-4BDB-B38B-342C9636E349/)
 
 
 
     -- Cafe Theology blog
 (http://cafetheology.org/2008/02/13/youtube-censors-american-life-league/)
 
 
 
     -- The Boondocks blog
 (http://www.the-boondocks.org/forum/index.php?t=msg&goto=56841&#msg_56841)
 
 
 
     -- The Curt Jester blog
 (http://www.splendoroftruth.com/curtjester/archives/008684.php)
 
 
 
     -- Katoliko blog
 (http://katoliko.org/2008/02/13/youtube-censors-american-life-league/
 
 
 
     -- Aussie Coffee Shop (http://aussiecoffeeshop.blogspot.com/)
 
 
 
     -- Per Christum blog
 (http://blog.ancient-future.net/2008/02/american-life-league-video-yanked-b
 y.html)
 
 
 
     -- Missa's Place blog
 (http://oossabooga.spaces.live.com/Blog/cns!98CF6654C809D000!798.entry)
 
 
 
     -- The Divine Source of Motherhood blog
 (http://elizabeth-kathryn-gerold-miller.blogspot.com/2008/02/chocolate-cove
 red-strawberries-and.html)
 
 
 
     -- The Source Daily
 (http://www.thesourcedaily.com/world-and-domestic-news/youtube-censors-amer
 ican-life-league/)
 
 
 
     -- Vital Signs Blog
 (http://vitalsignsblog.blogspot.com/2008/02/you-tube-caves-in-to-planned-pa
 renthood.html)
 
 
 
     -- Truth Seeker 24 blog
 (http://truthseeker2473.blogspot.com/2008/02/youtube-yanks-pro-life-video-a
 llows.html)
 
 
 
     -- Political Party Poop blog
 (http://politicalpartypoop.com/2008/02/13/youtube-censors-video-for-critici
 zing-planned-parenthood/)
 
 
 
     -- Birth Story blog
 (http://forestnymph.blogspot.com/2008/02/inappropriate-contents-youtube-cen
 sors.html)
 
 
 
     -- Steve's Serendipities blog
 (http://stevesees.blogspot.com/2008/02/free-speech-not-here.html)
 
 
 
     -- Tim Blair News blog
 (http://timjblair.spaces.live.com/Blog/cns!B71A619F97F176BD!89080.entry)
 
 
 
     -- Moonbattery blog
 (http://www.moonbattery.com/archives/2008/02/youtube_censors.html)
 
 
 
     -- AP Check blog
 (http://apcheck.blogspot.com/2008/02/youtube-deletes-pro-life-vids-publishe
 s.html)
 
 
 
     -- L.I.F.E. blog
 (http://melissaslifeblog.blogspot.com/2008/02/you-tube-censors-american-lif
 e-league.html)
 
 
 
     -- Political Vindication blog (http://politicalvindication.com/?p=1783)
 
 
 
     -- Dyspepsia Generation blog (http://dyspepsiageneration.com/?p=6627)
 
 
 
     -- Alyeh blog (http://aleyh.com/blogs/youtube/554481/)
 
 
 
     -- Dog Supplies Blog
 (http://dogsuppliesblog.com/2008/02/13/youtube-censors-american-life-league
 /)
 
 
 
     -- News Unfiltered
 (http://www.newsunfiltered.com/archives/2008/02/icymi_youtube_c.html)
 
 
 
     -- Yahoo News
 (http://news.yahoo.com/s/usnw/20080213/pl_usnw/icymi__youtube_censors_ameri
 can_life_league)
 
 
 
     -- Bio-Medicine
 (http://www.bio-medicine.org/medicine-news-1/ICYMI-3A-YouTube-Censors-Ameri
 can-Life-League-11871-2/)
 
 
 
     -- MichNews
 (http://www.michnews.com/artman/publish/article_19372.shtml)
 
 
 
     -- Individual.com (http://www.individual.com/story.php?story=77759043)
 
 
 
     -- Examiner.com
 (http://www.examiner.com/p-115501~ICYMI__YouTube_Censors_American_Life_Leag
 ue.html)
 
 
 
     -- Buzz Tracker
 (http://www.buzztracker.com/permalink/33761/60477508/YouTube-Yanks-Pro-Life
 -Video-Allows-Planned-Parenthood-Vids)
 
 
 
     -- Street Insider
 (http://www.streetinsider.com/Press+Releases/ICYMI:+YouTube+Censors+America
 n+Life+League/3358772.html)
 
 
 
     -- Power Blog
 (http://powerballplace.blogspot.com/2008/02/youtube-censors-american-life-l
 eague.html)
 
 
 
     -- Clip Marks
 (http://clipmarks.com/clipmark/D2757E54-FF26-4BDB-B38B-342C9636E349/)
 
 
 
     -- One News Now blog
 (http://www.onenewsnow.com/Blog.aspx?id=67179&blogid=277)
 
 
 
     -- Freedom Zone blog
 (http://www.freedomszone.com/aggregator.php?id=37361)
 
 
 
     -- Blog Net News
 (http://www.blognetnews.com/pennsylvania/feed.php?channel=7&iid=60922&y=200
 8&m=02&d=13)
 
 
 
     -- Red Tram International (http://en.redtram.com/go/73143995/)
 
 
 
     -- DMN Forums
 (http://forums.digitalmedianet.com/cgi-bin/displaywwugpost.fcgi?forum=dmn_n
 ews&post=080113224624.htm)
 
 
 
     -- Day Life (http://www.daylife.com/topic/YouTube)
 
 
 
     -- Pew Sitter blog (http://www.pewsitter.com/)
 
 
 
     -- Jill Stanek (http://www.jillstanek.com/archives/2008/02/13/)
 
 
 
     -- Catholic Blogs (http://www.catholicblogs.com/search/feb._12)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

SOURCE American Life League

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