YouTube’s Content Filters Take Action Against Hitler (And Why That’s A Bad Thing)

TechCrunch is reporting that YouTube’s content filters have stopped allowing uploads of new iterations of the Hitler meme – you know, the hundreds of videos where Hitler rants about…Windows Vista, or Sarah Palin, or how much the Phantom Menace sucked. (Those videos.) The article, Hitler Is Very Upset That Constantin Film Is Taking Down Hitler Parodies reports that newer version of the meme have been replaced with, “This video contains content from Constantin Film, who has blocked it on copyright grounds,” despite the obvious claims to fair use (transformation! parody! politics! speech! endless back-and-forth creativity and engagement); they also think it is likely that the filtering system will slowly crawl its way through and delete all the others.

YouTube’s filter won’t even allow its users to make the obvious response: Hitler Reacts to YouTube Blocking “Hitler Reacts” Video Parodies. There’s something satisfyingly, if depressingly, ironic here, just the way there was when amazon deleted purchased copies of Orwell’s 1984 off the Kindle.