YouTube removes Tao dance video

Taipei Times
Date: Apr 22, 2020
By: Huang Ming-tang and William Hetherington / Staff reporter, with staff writer

A screen grab taken from YouTube on Monday shows a notification that a video featuring Aboriginal children dancing in traditional outfit at Yayu Elementary School in Taitung County’s Orchid Island has been blocked due to inappropriate content.
Photo: Huang Ming-tang, Taipei Times

YouTube has deleted a video showing Tao elementary-school students on Orchid Island (Lanyu, 蘭嶼) dancing in traditional attire after it was erroneously flagged for “obscenity,” the children’s teacher said yesterday.

Yayu Elementary School teacher Yan Tzu-yu (顏子矞) said that when he logged into the school’s YouTube account recently, he was greeted with a message saying that a video he uploaded in 2018 of the children performing a Tao dance to mark the construction of a new classroom had been removed.

The video was flagged by a user, and after a review by YouTube staff was found to have breached the platform’s community standards, the message read.

Yan said the misunderstanding likely stemmed from the Tao clothing worn by the children in the video.

Traditional clothing for Tao males is a cloth tied around the lower body in a manner resembling a modern-day thong, but does not carry any of the implications of a thong in Tao culture, he said.

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