Moments after the horrific crash in Saturday’s Nationwide race at Daytona that left at least 28 fans injured, NASCAR aggressively took down YouTube videos fans posted from the event, citing copyright infringement. Breitbart Sports readers discovered that fan videos that were posted after the wreck immediately were taken down.
YouTube, on Saturday night, reinstated the videos, though, asserting NASCAR did “not have the right to take down videos from YouTube” in a statement to the Washington Post.
Earlier on Saturday, NASCAR released this statement about why it took down the YouTube videos:
The fan video of the wreck on the final lap of today’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race was blocked on YouTube out of respect for those injured in today’s accident. Information on the status of those fans was unclear and the decision was made to err on the side of caution with this very serious incident.
NASCAR, which has been ahead of the curve in using social media, found out on Saturday it can do more harm than good and to its brand and seem stale by trying to control and censor YouTube videos in this new media age in which videos get shared, saved, and go viral instantaneously.
Here is the video of the wreck a fan shot and uploaded that YouTube ultimately reinstated.