Robot battles wrongly banned for 'animal cruelty'

Robot on fire

YouTube has restored some videos of robots fighting after wrongly removing hundreds for displaying a “deliberate infliction of animal suffering or the forcing of animals to fight”.

Sarah Pohorecky, of MIT, said film of her robot So Rachet removed on Monday “mysteriously reappeared” on Tuesday.

A YouTube spokeswoman said: “With the massive volume of videos on our site, sometimes we make the wrong call.”

YouTube would work quickly to reinstate the other videos, she told BBC News.

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Sarah Pohorecky

Jamison Go, a research assistant at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), said he had lost nine videos but others had lost hundreds.

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Sarah Pohorecky

“Today is a sad day,” he said on Monday in a Facebook post.

“Robot builders across the world cried out in agony as YouTube’s algorithm falsely identified personal videos of robot sport as ‘animal cruelty’ and ‘cock fighting’.”

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