Is YouTube cashing in on child beating?

Sure, any time you stick "Child Beating" in a headline, you're sure to raise an eyebrow. In fact, beating works pretty well on it's own to drive traffic, and adding "child" to the equation only gives it longer legs. A British TV show has chronicled YouTube's refusal to remove footage of brutal kid-fights and is calling or serious action.

According to The Daily Mail, "In the [British TV show], a 17 year old tells how footage of him being beaten up by three other boys was posted on YouTube. The video, which was watched 1,700 times, was removed only when Panorama raised the teenager's concerns with the site."

For its part, YouTube says its own users are responsible for policing the site; Blame someone else seems to work wonders in Web 2.0 land.

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