Ulster Unionists have expressed anger after a lot of YouTube accounts linked to marching bands have been closed by the video-sharing website- leading to a whole lot of hours of footage being misplaced.
Trever Wilson, chairman of the Ulster Unionist Councillors’ Affiliation, referred to as on YouTube to elucidate why, over the weekend, it selected to shut down a lot of accounts and take away footage of native marching bands.
He mentioned: “The native band scene is prospering and is a key a part of unionist tradition, offering an excessive amount of color and musical talent all through the summer season months, and is the supply of delight and delight for tens of hundreds of individuals.
“Over the weekend, I and a lot of social gathering colleagues, together with former MLA Jenny Palmer, have been approached by members of the native band fraternity relating to motion taken by YouTube.
“There’s an excessive amount of anger on the market that a lot of accounts have been closed with out clarification or warning, and a whole lot of hours of footage misplaced because of this.
“I’m due to this fact calling on YouTube to elucidate why they selected to take the motion they’ve and to re-instate the footage they’ve eliminated.”
Progressive Unionist Social gathering Chief, Cllr Billy Hutchinson, mentioned: “For some these movies are of sentimental worth and to others they’re of instructional worth. For my part, they don’t breach any group pointers.
“YouTube, nonetheless, produce other concepts and I’d like to listen to their justification for censoring movies that depict a reputable expression of tradition.”
The Belfast Telegraph has approached YouTube for remark.
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