Want to hide dirty films on YouTube? Do it in Irish!
YouTube are pretty good at removing inappropriate material from their website, thanks to a number of algorithms that flag material for them. However, on the video-site, it seems there's been a load of dirty films uploaded to it, missed because they were tagged in Irish.
The mucky films hung around on YouTube for four whole months, contravening all manner of policies that say the site can't host sexually explicit imagery.
So what happened? Well, a man was looking for some non-bongo films to watch and, being Irish, he looked for the Gaelic word for 'film', which is 'scannán'. What he found was a load of X-rated films. So, he did what anyone would do - he rose to his feet, took a deep breath, rubbed his hands together and shouted for his roommate who happens to be Irish language journalist Maitiú Ó Coimín.
The writer looked into it a little more - for investigative purposed of course and told the Irish Independent: "I looked a bit further into it, and there were about 15 to 20 films of a questionable nature. These were real pornographic films."
YouTube had no idea about the films, clearly, but were quick to sort it out, removing the films found. YouTube issued a quick statement, saying: "YouTube’s community guidelines clearly state that sexually explicit content is not allowed on our site. We remove videos and channels that violate our policies when flagged for our attention. YouTube staff review flagged videos 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to determine whether they violate our community guidelines."
However, BW decided to search for 'scannán' on YouTube and, in among the trailers for films and all that, lo and behold, there's some dirty movies for your viewing pleasure.
So, if you want to get stuff hosted on YouTube that is in violation of their rules, seems the best thing to do is pick a language that isn't widely spoken. We look forward to searching for the Welsh or Basque words for 'film' ('ffilmiau' and 'filmak' respectively).