On Global Voices: Cubadebate’s YouTube channel taken down

On Wednesday of this week, Google (operator of YouTube) took down the channel of Cubadebate, one of the larger state-run news sites on the island. The take-down took place because of a copyright infraction on a video of suspected terrorist and former CIA operative Luis Posada Carriles in Miami, taken shortly before he went on trial this week in a federal court in El Paso, Texas. What’s not clear is why Google decided to take down the entire channel, rather than just the video in question. To my eye, it looks like the video’s owner (likely very anti-Castro) saw this as an opportunity to swipe at the state’s already meager online presence. To the best of my knowledge (please correct me if I’m wrong!), this is the first time that YT has taken down any video or channel posted by Cubans on the island. Read my piece on the takedown at Global Voices.


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