Popular video hosting YouTube has recently tightened the rules for posting content by users — under the ban and restrictions were primarily videos containing elements of discrimination. But as it turned out, the lock touched and much more neutral materials: the new algorithm began to send to the ban channels with training videos, considering them a threat to users.
Cody Kinsey, one of the founders of the Hacker Interchange team, said in his Twitter blog about the blocking of the Cyber Weapons Lab channel. He failed to publish a video tutorial on remotely launching fireworks using Wi-Fi, and already downloaded content was blocked. YouTube employees in response to the request referred to the rules of the service, prohibiting the publication of "instructions on hacking and phishing."
According to Kinsey, hacking techniques are often "used illegally, but not necessarily illegally." The updated policy is YouTube hit for the most part, content associated with the study of computer security. As an example, he cited video instructions for computer system testers. Although YouTube allows you to post videos of "dangerous acts" for educational, documentary, scientific, or artistic purposes, there are no official instructions on how such materials should be designed.
A YouTube spokesperson later told reporters that the Cyber Weapons Lab channel had been blocked by mistake and the content was available again. However, the operation of the algorithm is opaque, and in the future may lead to a reduction in the number of educational videos on the platform.