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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

YouTube sensors agriculture videos

This scary, and not right - there has been an update so read all the way through

Yesterday reported on something scary. I had heard about it potentially happening before, but now it's reality. Awhile about Chris Chin made a video about her family's pork farm called "The Truth About Modern Pork Production," and posted it on YouTube. Chris is a Missouri pork farmer and wanted to show consumers the truth about what goes on in a pork barn. Animal rights groups and activists have produced numerous videos themselves, however they show the few bad apples in our industry, and try to paint all of us with those same colors. Chris was telling agriculture story - and good for her.

However as reports...
If you head over to YouTube to check it out today, you’ll get the following message:

“This video or group may contain content that is inappropriate for some users, as flagged by the YouTube community.” It goes on to tell you that in order to view the video, you have to verify that you’re over 18 years old.

What? You can’t be serious. What inappropriate content? 
My thoughts exactly. See if enough people flag a video as "inappropriate" content, then they put that disclaimer on your video. And when you have thousands of activist trying to put us out of business they will stoop to any level. You also have to be over the age of 18 to watch the video as well. Chris has tried to connect YouTube, but only receives a computer generated response.

This is scary. Through the American Angus Association we have posted hundred of videos to YouTube. What if some activists groups don't want you to see them? Then they will probably shut them down. Chris's video used to generate a 1,000 views in a month and now it gets about 100 views.

What's the answer? I am not sure. But I do know more than ever we have to tell agriculture's story and not let these bullies push us around.

Great News!

YouTube has taken off the restriction on this video. One for us, now let's show these activists that they can't keep on doing this.


  1. I think you mean censor not sensor?! Glad the video is back up!

  2. Things like that just anger me. That video shows nothing but the good.


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