Friday, 13 October 2017

YOUTUBE LIFTS SWAZI BOOBS RESTRICTIONS

YouTube has lifted restrictions from videos showing Swaziland's reed dance, which feature bare-breasted women.

A spokesperson for the video-sharing platform told the BBC that YouTube allows nudity when "culturally relevant or properly contextualised".

Users who had uploaded reed dance videos were angered when it was classified as age-restricted content.

YouTube has denied accusations of racism, saying it was keen to be culturally sensitive.

The move was in response to a campaign led by Lazi Dlamini, the head of TV Yabantu, an online video production company, featuring Africa's "finest culture... as seen, and recorded by the African people".

According to Mr Dlamini, he had contacted YouTube's parent company Google to say that he was simply reflecting the cultural values of his community, but the company said that the content violated the platform's standards.

He then organised a series of protests, working with more than 200 cultural groupings from Swaziland, with the first one taking place on Saturday in Durban, a city in neighbouring South Africa, the Mail and Guardian says.

It included at least a dozen women who posed bare-breasted with placards that accused Google of racism.


One placard read: "My breasts are not inappropriate", the Mail and Guardian said.

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