The Church of Scientology has recently created a new YouTube channel (and apparently felt this was significant enough to warrant a press release):

Following on the heels of its new online video portal launched last month, the Church of Scientology announced today the “official Scientology Channel” on YouTube. The church is using Google’s mega-popular video site to syndicate videos already available through Scientology.org, in order to meet the “global demand for video content and accurate information about its beliefs, practices and its humanitarian programs addressing drug abuse, illiteracy, human rights and disaster relief.”

I guess this global demand must have passed us by…

Here’s a problem, however. As described in this article from the New York Post, the Church of Scientology used to have a different account at YouTube:

But now the church has counterattacked by posting YouTube videos under the title, “Anonymous Facts,” detailing the death threats from Anonymous and identifying its members, who are labeled “terrorists” although they look more like frat boys.

The main four-minute-long video, titled “Anonymous – Hate Crimes and Terrorism Directed at Scientology” – is described as the “Scientology Official Report on Anonymous Hate Crimes.”

It features a menacing voice-over that describes the group’s attacks in detail.
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A spokesperson for the Church of Scientology said, “We absolutely made the videos.”

This account, however, was suspended for a terms of service violation. And YouTube guidelines state:

Please take these rules seriously and take them to heart. Don’t try to look for loopholes or try to lawyer your way around them—just understand them and try to respect the spirit in which they were created. Violations of the Terms of Use may result in a warning notification or termination of your account. If your account is terminated you are prohibited from creating any new accounts.

It is this policy which led to Xenu TV’s replacement YouTube account being removed following the removal of the original. Let’s see when (or if) YouTube get round to dealing with Scientology’s presence.

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