The video aggregator has determined that the shoot, which shows Upton dancing in a bikini to The Rej3cts tune, is too racy for the site. Where the video once ran there is now a post saying, “This video has been removed as a violation of YouTube’s policy on nudity or sexual content.”
Upton, 19, filmed her dance moves while at a photo shoot for Harper’s Bazaar magazine. It was “directed” by celebrity photographer Terry Richardson.
While a request for comment from YouTube has not yet been returned, their official policy states, “Most nudity is not allowed, particularly if it is in a sexual context. Generally if a video is intended to be sexually provocative, it is less likely to be acceptable for YouTube. There are exceptions for some educational, documentary, scientific, and artistic content, but only if that is the sole purpose of the video and it is not gratuitously graphic. For example, a documentary on breast cancer would be appropriate, but posting clips out of context from the documentary might not be.”
So Zappers, do you think YouTube has gone too far?
UPDATE: YouTube has reversed course and put the video back up. A company spokesperson says in a statement, “With the massive volume of videos on our site, sometimes we make the wrong call. When it’s brought to our attention that a video has been removed mistakenly, we act quickly to reinstate it.”