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YouTube lifts Swazi bare-breasted dancer restrictions

From BBC - October 13, 2017

YouTube has lifted restrictions from videos showing Swaziland's reed dance, which feature bare-breasted women.

A spokesperson for the video-sharing platform told the BBC that YouTube allows nudity when "culturally relevant or properly contextualised".

Users who had uploaded reed dance videos were angered when it was classified as age-restricted content.

YouTube has denied accusations of racism, saying it was keen to be culturally sensitive.

The move was in response to a campaign led by Lazi Dlamini, the head of TV Yabantu, an online video production company, featuring Africa's "finest culture... as seen, and recorded by the African people".

Its YouTube channel - which launched in 2016 - had been adding up to 4,000 new subscribers every month until the platform started to flag its content as inappropriate, South Africa's Mail and Guardian newspaper reports.

It also put a label on the channel advising advertisers that its content was "not suitable for most advertisers".

According to Mr Dlamini, he had contacted YouTube's parent company Google to say that he was simply reflecting the cultural values of his community, but the company said that the content violated the platform's standards.

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