YouTube Bans Super Sexy ‘Blurred Lines’

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – What are YouTube’s standards? Well, if it involves topless models trotting around with R&B singer Robin Thicke along with T.I. and Pharrell, then it’s a nonstarter.

According to a report from the Huffington Post last Monday, YouTube has banned the super steamy video – as confirmed by a spokesperson for Thicke.

Thicke went so far as to receive his wife’s approval before shooting  the video – which garnered 1.3 million views after initially becoming available, according to the report.

We’re actually kind of surprised by the move. There’s surely a lot of content already on YouTube that’s 10x more risqué.

Meanwhile, Gizmodo’s Peter Ha provided insight on how YouTube goes about banning videos. “According to YouTube’s guidelines regarding nudity and sex, any video that’s “intended to be sexually provocative” is probably going to be taken down. That’s not to say that videos being uploaded to YouTube are being screened ahead of time. In fact, questionable videos are only taken down when the community has flagged it as inappropriate or found it to be in violation of the guidelines. That flagged video is then reviewed by actual humans in different YouTube offices in different countries around the clock. There’s no algorithm that determines whether the artistic context outweighs the sexual context. In other words, the nudity’s intent must be artistic rather than sexually provocative. And that decision is made be people sitting in an office,” Ha commented.

The video remains available on Vimeo. You can simply do a search for it. But warning – It contains nudity.