YouTube Gets Violence and Profanity Filter

Google has announced new violence and profanity filters for YouTube, an opt-in series of features it is calling “Safety Mode,” in what appears to be an ongoing attempt to clean up the murkier parts of the video-sharing site and make it a little more appealing to advertisers — and possibly to legislators as well. The site’s choice of wording in the announcement on the YouTube blog seems a little odd, however: It says that the feature is designed for those who don’t want to stumble across (or have family members stumble across) an otherwise newsworthy video that might have objectionable content “such as a political protest.” It doesn’t give an example, but Google might be thinking of a video such as the one that showed the graphic death of Neda Agha-Soltan, the Iranian demonstrator who was shot and killed during a protest in Tehran last year. Continue reading on GigaOM.