Dalit Camera blacked out: YouTube scraps iconic channel without any explanation
Dalit Camera- Through Un-Touchable Eyes� YouTube channel has been terminated by the social media platform without any explanation or warning.
Dalit Camera- Through Un-Touchable Eyes’ YouTube channel has been terminated by the social media platform without any explanation or warning.
“We have not received any official communication regarding this from Youtube as yet. We have sought an explanation from YouTube regarding the same,” the official Facebook page of the popular YouTube channel dedicated to India's Dalits posted hours after the action.
When searched on YouTube for the channel it leads to this notice: This account has been terminated because we received multiple third-party claims of copyright infringement regarding material the user posted.
Responding to this founder of the platform Ravichandran Bathran said, “I take a video and upload in YouTube, now you claim that it is your video. When one person is protesting, in the background there is a music. How does it become a copyright issue?”
Activists and journalists have cried foul alleging a conspiracy behind the move.
— Garga Chatterjee (@GargaC) January 31, 2017
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Fascist YouTube has 'terminated Dalit Camera's account. Protest!https://t.co/0xKs08lKXK
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Over the years Dalit Camera has tried to bridge the gap between traditional media outlets, both an absence of Dalit voices in the newsroom and in media coverage.
Dalit Camera which also has a website was founded by Ravichandran, a doctoral student of English at the English and Foreign Languages University in Hyderabad, in 2011.
Started with an ordinary still camera with a rudimentary video recording facility the channel kindred support from various quarters and now owns four cameras, working in two states, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal.