Where are those cat videos now, Brian Williams?
We avidly track YouTube’s most-watched videos page, and it seems YouTube turned a yet another corner with Saddam Hussein‘s “hasty” hanging this weekend. The networks like one TVNewser “insider” surmised seemed to react to what footage was surfacing on YouTube and elsewhere, and often used its Web proliferation as a starting point, putting YouTube in the crosshairs of an international story. The Daily Reel put it this way:
The execution of Saddam Hussein is one of the most watched videos on the Internet. Not since Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin’s death by stingray attack has a snuff video been so widely disseminated across the web.
Until now, YouTube’s chief concern has been growing while simultaneously traversing a mine-field of copyright infringement. But taking the temperature of YouTube’s “most-watched” page, Google’s $1.65 billion toy faces a bigger problem than copyright issues: Sex and, moreover, clip-spam: