YouTube Freezes Free Keene Uploads for One Week – Please Migrate to LBRY’s Odysee, ASAP

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This weekend, the Free Keene YouTube channel received a “strike” for “harmful or dangerous content” and is frozen to any new uploads for a week. Why? Apparently a :15 promo uploaded in 2011 triggered someone – or some newly-running algorithm – and needs to be taken down!

The supposedly offensive promo has a limited amount of footage that could possibly be objectionable. Was it the scenes of two men being arrested? A photo of a massive 420 rally in Central Square in 2009? A man speaking into a megaphone? A photo of a band playing or people playing a card game in Railroad Square? A large group of people standing around the “Welcome to New Hampshire” sign at the Vermont border? The 4:20 pumpkin?

Two days prior to this strike, another decade-old :15 promo was allegedly found objectionable, this one featuring then-libertarian Penn Jillette saying he should move to Keene to join the Free Staters. I appealed the finding, and YouTube reversed it, once again allowing the video to be played. So, when the subsequent takedown happened this weekend, I also appealed it, asking in my appeal where the supposed “harmful or dangerous” content was. They upheld their decision to block the short promo video and give the account a “strike”. Of course, they declined to state exactly what it was in those scant fifteen seconds that was so offensive.

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The strike would have been a warning, but the account had recently received a warning in late February when YouTube removed a video promoting the new White Rose Society for violating their “medical misinformation” policy. So, that’s two videos taken down within a few weeks, hence the strike and now the account is not allowed to have uploads or live streams, among other things, for a week.

Luckily, we’ve been cultivating our exit plan from YouTube for years.

In 2018 Free Keene was among the first to join the “YouTube Partner Program” that automatically syncs our YouTube uploads to the decentralized blockchain-based media protocol, LBRY. We’ve promoted LBRY multiple times as they have successfully protected our videos that YouTube has deleted over the years.

Now, YouTube has increased its rate of finding things it doesn’t like about our videos. It may not be long before our entire channel is taken down. If you haven’t looked seriously at LBRY yet, now is the time to do it. In 2020, they launched Odysee, a video platform built on LBRY. I’ve created a handy url to take you right to the Free Keene channel on Odysee: video.freekeene.com. Unlike YouTube, LBRY/Odysee has no strikes and videos cannot be taken down. It’s true content freedom, and blockchain-powered. You can get the LBRY app or just follow our channel on Odysee.

From now on, this :30 migrate-to-LBRY promo will play at the end of every upload I am able to make to YouTube before they shut us down completely:

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11 Comments

  1. Wide-eyed Amerikanskys is must be protected from seeing libertarian utterances or accidental reveals of truth. The Big Sister Susan Wojcicki. She is watching, yes?

  2. This doesn’t surprise me a bit. I’m sure it won’t be long until facebook shuts freekeene down. As far as thinking you won’t get shut down on another host site, I wouldn’t hold my breath on that.

    Youtube freezing your account shows you have to take responsibility for the content you post. You put it there, you violated policies and rules. Youtube will more than likely keep tabs on your account.

  3. Sorry to burst your bubble Jumping Jacks, but lbry video hosting is decentralized p2p. Or in simpler terms… Buhbye censorship! Buhbye youtube! Good riddance. 🙂

  4. Now Jacks, Ian is just pointing out what’s obvious to everyone here except you. There’s no need to get testy about it. I mean I’m sure you’re smart in all sorts of other ways. You know, like street smarts?

    Anyway, after our last chat I decided to look through your old posts to try and figure out what you’ve been pestering me about. And guess what I found out? It turns out that I’d actually already answered your question! I know! What a misunderstanding, right?

    Ok, now here’s what I said, word-for-word. Make sure you pay special attention to that fifth sentence, munchkin. Because that’s where the money shot is.

    “Uh huh. Well the thing is, Jacks, I don’t think that vaccine you’re championing is really of all that much value to me. Especially once I factor in how unlikely I am to get covid and how even more unlikely I am to die from it. See how risk assessment works, munchkin? Now I know that you’re just dying to use that government gun against me for this, but I think I’m still just going to have to give this whole vaccine thing a pass. I mean, if it really were as effective as you say it is, you wouldn’t need to force me to get the jab in the first place, now would you?”

  5. Hehe! Now I’m sitting on the edge of my seat here, just waiting for Jumping Jacks to respond with “just answer the question troll, yes or no!”. Lol don’t disappoint Jacks XD. It doesn’t get any better than this…

  6. Like everything else, the app will eventually be controlled and mainstreamed. Any freekeene videos that are not appropriate will be taken down. This enforcing of rules is already happening to youtube, reddit, facebook, soon Tic Tok.

    No vaccine? Your choice

  7. Wow. Will wonders never cease? So it’s my choice after all, huh Jacks? Well I guess this means I’m not a hypocrite, anymore. Thanks a bunch, munchkin.

    Hey, what on earth brought this on, anyway? You’ve never given up this easily before. Did the doctors finally figure out how to fix that brain thing of yours? Don’t leave us in the dark, big guy. Inquiring minds want to know.

  8. Two days prior to this strike, another decade-old :15 promo was allegedly found objectionable, this one featuring then-libertarian Penn Jillette saying he should move to Keene to join the Free Staters. I appealed the finding, and YouTube reversed it, once again allowing the video to be played. So, when the subsequent takedown happened this weekend, I also appealed it, asking in my appeal where the supposed “harmful or dangerous” content was. They upheld their decision to block the short promo video and give the account a “strike”. Of course, they declined to state exactly what it was in those scant fifteen seconds that was so offensive.

  9. I appealed the finding, and YouTube reversed it, once again allowing the video to be played. So, when the subsequent takedown happened this weekend, I also appealed it, asking in my appeal where the supposed “harmful or dangerous” content was.

  10. awesome works mate!

  11. Now, YouTube has increased its rate of finding things it doesn’t like about our videos. It may not be long before our entire channel is taken down. If you haven’t looked seriously at LBRY yet, now is the time to do it. In 2020, they launched Odysee, a video platform built on LBRY. I’ve created a handy url to take you right to the Free Keene channel on Odysee: video.freekeene.com. Unlike YouTube, LBRY/Odysee has no strikes and videos cannot be taken down. It’s true content freedom, and blockchain-powered. You can get the LBRY app or just follow our channel on Odysee.

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