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Student flashes Taj Mahal on YouTube April 14, 2008

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A Dutch student has provoked an international incident by posting on YouTube a clip of him flashing his penis at the Taj Mahal.

The director of his school, the Euro College in Rotterdam, has formally apologised to the Indian Ambassador to Holland. And the school is also considering legal action against the student for damaging their proud reputation, reports GVA.

The young man is seen on the clip giggling as he takes his penis out of his trousers. The camera then pans around to show the famous backdrop.

The student was suspended immediately when teachers found out about the incident which happened during a school trip to India.

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YouTube U? Learning from clips of skateboarding dogs September 22, 2007

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Here’s a dream-come-true for Web addicts > college credit for watching YouTube.

California’s Pitzer College this fall began offering what may be the first course about the video-sharing site. About 35 students meet in a classroom but work mostly online, where they view content and post comments. Class lessons also are posted and students are encouraged to post videos. One class member, for instance, posted a video of himself juggling.

Alexandra Juhasz, a media studies professor at the liberal arts college, said she was “underwhelmed” by the content on YouTube but set up the course, “Learning from YouTube,” to explore the role of the popular site.

Class members control most of the class content and YouTube watchers from around the world are encouraged to comment, Juhasz said. She hopes the course will raise serious issues about YouTube, such as the role of “corporate-sponsored democratic media expression.”

YouTube is “a phenomenon that should be studied,” student Darren Grose said. “You can learn a lot about American culture and just Internet culture in general.”

Watchdog slams Turkey for blocking YouTube, again September 21, 2007

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A journalist watchdog group criticized Turkey yesterday for ordering a ban on accessing the video-sharing website YouTube because of clips that allegedly insult the country’s leaders.

A court in the eastern city of Sivas on Wednesday ordered the country’s telecommunications company to block access to the popular website because of a video insulting Turkey’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, as well as President Abdullah Gul, PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the army. It was the second time Turkey has blocked access to YouTube.

“Blocking an entire website because of a few videos is a disproportionate measure,” the Paris-based Reporters Without Borders said.