Brigham Young University Lifts YouTube Ban After 3 Years
PROVO, Utah — Brigham Young University, the Mormon church school where students agree to live a chaste and virtuous life, has lifted its almost three-year policy of blocking access to YouTube.
Administrators lifted the ban on Friday, citing an increasing amount of educational material on the popular video-sharing site, university spokeswoman Carri Jenkins said.
YouTube has its own filters for porn, but BYU added it to the list of Web sites blocked by campus online filters in 2006 because administrators felt there was too much content that could violate the school's strict, conservative standards.
The university's software also blocks pornography, adult content and violence from other sites.
BYU cited limited bandwidth as another factor when explaining the decision. But some professors have since complained that they couldn't access relevant YouTube content in the classroom.
"I think there's no other way but to provide all of it," Jenkins said.
I didn't even realize that they banned YouTube. Seriously, how many students have laptops and phones and blackberries with access to WiFi? If the students want to watch YouTube videos, I am sure they will have no problems doing so. You really aren't stopping much by blocking YouTube. on campus servers. Given their teachings on God that deny His eternal divinity and lump Jesus into a familial relationship with Satan, they have much bigger problems at BYU than students watching YouTube.