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Google: RickRoll Video Removal Was a Mistake

We've known each other for so long; I knew Rick Astley wasn't lying when he said he was never going to give me up, let me down, run around and desert me. He said he'd never make me cry, say goodbye, or tell a lie and hurt me, and it was the truth.*

Yesterday YouTube removed the original Rickroll video from the video sharing site. Now, it's back and the video sharing site says the removal of the video was "accidental." According to CNet, Google has said it was removed by accident.

Confused? So were we. Sure, it's lame that it got removed, but you can't deny that it violates the terms of service; it's strange that they put it back up, mistake or not. However, it seems some YouTube users had flagged the video as spam and it was removed by accident.

"With 20 hours of video uploaded every minute to YouTube, we count on our community members to know our Community Guidelines and to flag content they believe violates them," a statement from the company read. "We review all flagged content quickly, and if we find that a video does violate the guidelines, we remove it, on average in under an hour. We also have a team that is dedicated to identifying and removing spam from YouTube. Occasionally, a video flagged by users or identified by our spam team is mistakenly taken down. When this is brought to our attention, we review the content and take appropriate action, including restoring video or videos that had been removed."

*In refraining from hiding any glorious Rick Astley links in today's and yesterday's posts, I reserve the right to make horrible references to Astley's lyrics. Give and take, lads, give and take.