YouTube Slammed for English Mother's Gang Rape Video


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LONDON ? YouTube is facing criticism for making it too easy for people to upload violent or sexually explicit content to the Internet after a 25-year-old mother was filmed while being raped.

A three-minute video showing the mother sexually assaulted by three boys after her drink had been spiked was uploaded soon after the incident, which took place in November.

In the clip, which was filmed with a mobile phone, the mother appears to be unconscious, with her head lolling from side to side, as she is repeatedly raped. Her 2-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son are heard crying in the background.

The mother, from South London, told The Sun that she had been put through the ordeal after drinking champagne that had been spiked with a date-rape drug.

"Three boys aged 14 to 16 did it and it was set up by two girls," she said. "They came round with a neighbor I trusted and I had no problems with them coming in for a while."

She said that she opened a bottle of champagne "to be social" and that within seconds of having a glass, she began to feel strange.

A video of the episode was later placed on YouTube, but the clip was quickly taken down after a viewer complained about its graphic nature. It is understood to have been seen 600 times.

"Putting (the video) on the internet was an abomination," the mother said. "I was raped on film, and you could hear my daughter and 4-year-old son crying. I cannot understand how any Web site could show such a thing."

A YouTube spokesman said that the site's rules prohibited content such as pornography and gratuitous violence from being uploaded. When people see content they think is inappropriate, he said, they can flag it and it will be reviewed.

"If the content breaks our terms, then we remove it, and if a user repeatedly breaks the rules we disable their account," the spokesman said.

A source close to YouTube said it was impossible for the site to review every video that was posted because more than 10 hours of content is uploaded every minute.

The source added that trained staff acted quickly to take down inappropriate content when it was flagged.

Since the mother came forward last month, the Metropolitan Police have begun an investigation into the incident and three teenagers -- two aged 16 and one aged 14 -- have so far been questioned.

YouTube has said that it cooperates with police when material relevant to an investigation is posted on the site.

Under UK law, sites that host videos posted by third parties must act "expeditiously" to disable access to them in the event of a complaint in order to avoid any liability that may result from the content appearing.

Lawyers said that in this case, there may be liability that would stem from the publication of obscene material.

"It is extremely difficult for YouTube to control this kind of content because in this instance -- where you have a video that may depict a crime -- there's no technical measure the site can apply that will prevent it being posted in the first place," said Struan Robertson, a technology lawyer with Pinsent Masons.

"The only option would be for them to review every video before it is posted and that is unrealistic. What sites like YouTube need is a good reporting mechanism which enables content to be flagged to the site once it has been posted, and YouTube operates well in this sense."

The footage has since been removed.

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That Guy

FFS what the hell is wrong with this society - or rather, a large amount of people from today's society?

What benefit did they get out of it? No one could be stupid enough to not realise the consequences, right?

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Nicholas-c

how can you control what people upload :s you can delete what they upload after watching it but a computer cant really play the file and judge if its good or bad

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Unimatrix Xero

whats the betting it was chavs to thought it would be funny

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night_stalker_z

They should post the names and pictures of the people who done this so other people can watch out.

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MrKuro

i wonder how many hits it got before it was taken down?

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beardedwonder
They should post the names and pictures of the people who done this so other people can watch out.

Don't think they're allowed to because they're under 18.

Despicable, in front of her two daughters as well. They obviously know who did it, so how about a quick trial and straight to jail, oh that's right they're full!

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ThePitt

jail to them and their parents...

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.Ark
i wonder how many hits it got before it was taken down?

i believe the article said the video has been viewed about 600 times..

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night_stalker_z
Don't think they're allowed to because they're under 18.

Despicable, in front of her two daughters as well. They obviously know who did it, so how about a quick trial and straight to jail, oh that's right they're full!

I think they should get rid of that under 18 law. You can get away with anything as long as your under 18.

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sharpy2k4

i think the laws need to be changed, regardless if they are under 18 or not, they need to be named and shamed, that way everyone who knew themknows what they did, and they will realise that its not worth it, hopefully eradicating the chav culture of this country.

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Damo R.

I thought Youtube was hot on the adult content being uploaded.

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ruterger
i think the laws need to be changed, regardless if they are under 18 or not, they need to be named and shamed, that way everyone who knew themknows what they did, and they will realise that its not worth it, hopefully eradicating the chav culture of this country.

Don't people have to register as sex offenders in the UK like they do here in the States? Because no matter what age you are in the States, if you do something like that then you have to register as a sex offender and for the rest of your life have that basically stapled to your forehead, which is more than fitting if you ask me.

I heard about this kind of thing happening not too long ago stateside in Florida. In that case a gang of kids raped a woman and her son at gunpoint after forcing their way into the home. They made the son sexually assault his own mother at gunpoint and poured chemicals in his eyes, blinding him. They left both victims alive as well. If it seems too messed up to be true then think about it this way; how could anyone make that up?

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curme
FFS what the hell is wrong with this society - or rather, a large amount of people from today's society?

What benefit did they get out of it? No one could be stupid enough to not realise the consequences, right?

That is why I think the death penalty is not a deterrent to crime, just "revenge" from a people who feel helpless. Because criminals don't think of the consequences when they commit a crime.

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TheElite
They should post the names and pictures of the people who done this so other people can watch out.

True.

But some people would do more than "watch out".

:trout:

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Borbus

I assume they were too stupid to use tor and easily got caught because of the video? Who gives a **** about youtube? I only care about the ***** who would do such a thing.

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Olly-
Don't people have to register as sex offenders in the UK like they do here in the States? Because no matter what age you are in the States, if you do something like that then you have to register as a sex offender and for the rest of your life have that basically stapled to your forehead, which is more than fitting if you ask me.

They will have to register as sex offenders, if convected. However, under British law the identity of a miner (basically anyone under 18) cannot be revealed, to protect them. Currently you don't have the right to know who is on the list.

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ruterger
They will have to register as sex offenders, if convected. However, under British law the identity of a miner (basically anyone under 18) cannot be revealed, to protect them. Currently you don't have the right to know who is on the list.

K good to know, thanks Olly. At least they'll have to carry that around with them for the rest of their lives.

I just don't know how people can do that and still be able to look in the mirror or sleep at night :(

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Lyric

That's a pretty sad story....I feel bad for the mother being publicly displayed on youtube being violently abused. These kids deserve to be locked up for a good while.

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+orgitnized

I'm sick of being politically correct about this kind of ****in' bull****. It's time to start shooting people in the face for doing **** like this. Death penalty needs to come back in full force and start getting rid of the people who do **** like this.

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Borbus
Death penalty needs to come back in full force and start getting rid of the people who do **** like this.

No.

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Pupik

Eh, I don't know. Something reeks in this story, beyond the violent act. What normal mother to two, opens champagne for minors "to be social"?

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zeroday

****ing disgusting.

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spacer
No.

Yes?

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PiracyX
whats the betting it was chavs to thought it would be funny

That came to my mind straight way.

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