Thursday, February 25, 2010

Rickroll lives. YouTube brings back video

The Internets let out a collective sigh of relief when they found the Rickroll video, which was removed from YouTube yesterday, was back where it should be. A YouTube spokesperson wrote in an email to Neowin that the “Rickroll” video removal was a mistake, and that the video is now back on YouTube.


The spokesperson from YouTube explained,

With 20 hours of video uploaded every minute to YouTube, we count on our community members to know our Community Guidelines and to flag content they believe violates them. We review all flagged content quickly, and if we find that a video does violate the guidelines, we remove it, on average in under an hour. We also have a team that is dedicated to identifying and removing spam from YouTube.  Occasionally, an account flagged by users or identified by our spam team is mistakenly taken down. When this is brought to our attention, we move quickly to take appropriate action, including restoring videos that had been mistakenly removed and channels that have been mistakenly suspended.

Rick Astley's manager Tony Henderson said he was disappointed the video had been removed briefly. "I have not told Rick yet as he is driving to the French Alps to practice his rolling (sorry i meant skiing) I don't think anyone should or indeed can, stop people having fun on the net, there are more urgent concerns on the internet that need sorting,".

I knew it, Rick Astley is never going to let us down.


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