During the past few days, I've noticed that there has been substantial confusion and misconceptions regarding both the reasons for the recent staff changes, as well as my overall intentions for VidLii and BitView
. I hope to clarify things here for everybody.
Firstly, and most importantly, neither VidLii nor BitView are, or will ever become, mouthpieces for any political agenda—the sites will always remain officially neutral with respect to all such matters, and will never endorse any specific viewpoint. They're simply here to be the platforms for you to upload and share the videos that matter to you, to express the beliefs that are important to you, and to discover and connect with those whom you share interests with.
Of course, this also applies to the VidLii and BitView staff, who are free to register accounts and upload videos advocating a particular cause or stance, whatever it may be, so long as their content and conduct do not break a rule in the Community Guidelines
. One of the things which the staff strives for is fairness, and it would be unfair to remove any user's videos—including a staff member's—for anything other than a Community Guidelines violation.
This is why we had to make some staff changes recently: we had a staff member who, unfortunately, went beyond his given authority, taking action multiple times against videos and accounts that were not in violation of the Community Guidelines. We hold our staff very strictly to this policy—that only Community Guidelines violations should ever be punished, and that users should never have to log in one day to find that they've suddenly had their videos removed, received a strike, or even been banned for something that they thought was perfectly acceptable because it wasn't against the rules.
Regrettably, Vistafan disagreed with our staffing changes and resigned from any further programming work on BitView. We're disappointed to see him leave, and his departure will mean a temporary slowdown in new features for BitView, but we're still quite confident in our ability to make continued improvements to the site.
There are no immediate or future threats to the ongoing stability of both sites, and everyone involved must move on and accept these staffing changes so that progress can continue.
I realize that many users have encountered videos on VidLii and/or BitView that they disagree with, and sometimes strongly so; on sites like these with such a wide variety of material, such disagreements are inevitable. It is not the job of the staff, however, to censor controversial but otherwise permitted content from the sites; instead, we encourage you to upload your own videos in order to counter opinions you disagree with. I firmly believe that VidLii and BitView will be at their best and most enjoyable when they have brought back the freedom that characterized old YouTube.