YouTube removes videos of robots fighting for 'animal cruelty'

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YouTube has removed hundreds of videos showing robots battling other robots after claiming they are in breach of its rules surrounding animal cruelty.

YouTuber and robot enthusiast Anthony Murney was one of the first to highlight the issue, who blamed a new algorithm introduced by YouTube to detect instances of animal abuse.

"There is a new algorithm that's trying to take down robot combat videos," he said in a video on Monday.

"It's a disgrace... [we want] to get YouTube's attention to stop this because it's ridiculous."

Several other channels dedicated to robot combat have also produced videos pointing out the issue in an effort to get YouTube to restore the content.




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Sounds like something is screwy with Google's algorithm.  Sure it will get fixed.  And apparently Google/YouTube responded that it was a mistake.




“With the massive volume of videos on our site, sometimes we make the wrong call,” the spokesperson told Futurism. “When it’s brought to our attention that a video has been removed mistakenly, we act quickly to reinstate it.”

And no, YouTube’s automated algorithms don’t have an inherent vendetta against robot on robot violence.

“We have no policies that prohibit videos of robots fighting,” the YouTube spokesperson said.

Now, the videos seem to be coming back.

“The situation seems to be resolving itself,” Sarah Pohorecky, MIT graduate and fellow BattleBots team member whose content was temporarily removed by YouTube, told Futurism in an email. “My video and some of my friends’ videos reappeared this morning with no notice or statement from YouTube.”



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