A short while ago Anita Sarkeesian published another video (Damsel in Distress: Part 2 – Tropes vs Women in Video Games) to her Feminist Frequency YouTube channel. Within an hour it was taken down by YouTube because it had been flagged as containing objectionable content. Feminist Frequency appealed the takedown, and it was quickly restored, so you can watch it now below.
Good on YouTube for restoring the video so quickly, but the fact that she needed to appeal it at all means that apparently YouTube appears to have no mechanism in place for people to request inclusion on a “subject to vexatious complaints” list, where they could be sequestered from the automatic takedown procedure which involves no human eyes viewing the request. It strikes me as something that would be relatively simple to create on a purely technical level, so why hasn’t it been? It’s not like there’s a shortage of gits dedicated to making vexatious complaints around the YouTube community, so why not have a mechanism that doesn’t make it so simple for them to silence other people’s voices?