YouTube's Community Guidelines, published on its website, specify the type of content not allowed on the site: sexually explicit, "bad stuff" such as animal abuse or bomb making, graphic violence, shocking footage of accidents, hate speech, predatory behavior or spam. The first strike involves a warning, the second involves two weeks of account suspension and the third strike involves account disablement. LivingFuelTV content did not violate the Community Guidelines nor was the company ever warned before account termination. The breast cancer prevention content was focused on diet and lifestyle as a form of prevention and touched on the fact that too much medical radiation such as mammography can increase the risk.
"We were stunned our health education videos were taken down and without warning. October is breast cancer awareness month and our breast cancer prevention video was declared inappropriate by YouTube?" questioned KC Craichy, Founder & CEO of Living Fuel. "Why would YouTube do such a thing? Could it be that YouTube was pressured to remove our videos?"
LivingFuelTV weekly programs have become very popular with hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube during the last two years. KC Craichy, Founder & CEO of Living Fuel, Inc. and best-selling author of Super Health - 7 Golden Keys to Unlock Lifelong Vitality, and his wife, Monica, are the hosts of LivingFuelTV. Every week, they bring leading-edge natural health and fitness topics to the forefront through special health alerts and in-depth interviews. Their guests have included well-known surgeon and nutrition expert Dr. Leonard Smith, Oriental Medicine and Naturopathic Medicine expert Dr. Patrick Purdue, Boston Red Sox All-Star J.D. Drew, natural fitness expert John Peterson, Olympic elite trainer Andy O'Brien, and professional golf and tennis trainer Dave Herman. Topics have ranged from cancer prevention to medical radiation dangers, optimal nutrition to healthy fasting, functional fitness for the entire family to strength training and nutrition for athletes. No content is believed to have come close to violating YouTube Community Guidelines.
Repeated calls and emails from Living Fuel and its attorneys to YouTube and YouTube parent Google for three weeks have not been returned. YouTube's millions of viewers are no longer able to view LivingFuelTV natural health videos on YouTube, but all video programs are available at www.LivingFuel.com.
YouTube made national headlines last week as Congressmen Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., urged its top executive to remove postings from U.S.-born al-Qaida cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. According to Fox News, Weiner warned al-Awlaki's message "has caused violence and is a threat to American security." Al-Awlaki is the Yemen-based imam tied to accused Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan, Christmas Day bomber Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab and attempted Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad. According to upi.com, Weiner estimates that more than 700 of al-Awlaki's videos are on YouTube. He insisted YouTube should "remove this man and his hateful rhetoric from the website, as he poses a clear and present danger to American citizens." YouTube has yet to remove the content from al-Awlaki.
"I am concerned about who is monitoring and controlling YouTube content... legitimate breast cancer prevention information is taken down and a suspected terrorist can use the site as his personal speaking platform?" explained Craichy. "Something is wrong with this situation and we invite YouTube to correct it for the good of everyone involved."