Richi Jennings

Google CENSORS Adrian Crenshaw. Operation-Irongeek fights back... #opirongeek #donoevil

June 06, 2014 6:10 AM EDT

Irongeek
YouTube does no evil (and makes no mistakes).

Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) massively raised the ire of the information-security community yesterday. Its utterly-reliable YouTube moderators nuked the account of the infamous "Irongeek" (Adrian Crenshaw).

It surely couldn't have been a simple false-positive mistake, right? Because Google says it already "reviewed" the "repeated or severe violations" that led to the censorship.

So, that's all right then. No evil done here. Move along. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers whip themselves up into a frenzy of indignation.

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This anonymous Pastebin user describes the events of last night:

Google has suspended the YouTube account of Adrian Crenshaw, also known as Irongeek, who travels...across the country...to video presentations at hacker conferences for educational purposes...as a service of the community.

Google suspended this account...based on the subject of his videos. ... This is direct censorship of hacking content by Google. ... It is an affront to free speech.

Join us in urging Google to restore Irongeek account.  MORE


 
WTH? Here's what Google has to say for itself (via Adrian Crenshaw):

The YouTube Community has flagged one or more of your videos as inappropriate. Once a video is flagged, it is reviewed by the YouTube Team. ... Upon review, we have determined that the following video(s) contain content in violation of [our Community] Guidelines.

Due to repeated or severe violations of our Community Guidelines...your YouTube account...has been suspended. After review we determined that [you] violated our Community Guidelines, which prohibit spam, scams or commercially deceptive content. ... You are prohibited from accessing, possessing or creating any other YouTube accounts.  MORE


 
Um, OK, yes, but why? Mrs. Y Iswhy:

In the category of the truly ridiculous, Irongeek's...YouTube site was suspended by Google for content. He simply posts recorded video of talks from security conferences.  MORE


 
So the DC chapter of the Security B-Sides org. rants thuswise:

We condemn +Google's censorship of...Irongeek.

#infosec #educationNOTrepression #censorship #evil.  MORE


 
And Mark Boltz-Robinson #agrees:

Shame on you, +Google and your censorship of Irongeek. ... You just pissed off a good portion of the #infosec community.

#infosec #educationNOTrepression #censorship #evil.  MORE


 
From Belgium, Peter van Eeckhoutte fights the urge to fight back:

I'm feeling an urge to start flagging ALL video's on youtube as inappropriate, because viagra.  MORE


 
"Let's be" Frank "Cipher's Son" Forrester searches The Internet Archive, and comes up trumps:

Here is the video @irongeek_adc got his @YouTube account taken down over. https://ia902505.us.archive.org/10/items/BSidesNashville2014/201-buy-viagra-matt-smith.mp4

@google FIX THIS!  MORE


 
Meanwhile, Arlieth Tralare tells us why we should care:

Holy ***ing ****. His videos are literally half of my infosec education. I owe a lot to Crenshaw.  MORE


 

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