Operation YouTube (or International Porn Day) started in mid-May 2009 when a member of eBaum's World posted a question on the popular /p3rn/ board asking "what happens if you upload pr0n to YouTube?" After OP was told that YouTube would baleet it, he wondered "but what would happen if ALL of us upload p3rn on YouTube non-stop?" With that, over 9,000 hivemind light bulbs suddenly went off: Rule #34 on YouTube = EPIC WIN!
On Tuesday May 19, 2009, eBaums declared porn war on YouTube. The raid was supposed to start at 12:00 GMT, however, the tards at eBaum's prematurely ejaculated due to some gay shit called BST aka British Summer Time. The initial salvos were fired about 3:30 pm EDT with dozens of pr0n and scat videos being uploaded and tagged with Marblecake.
It took YouTube a full three hours to catch on to what was going on but it was too late. At 9:30pm, there were at least 7 pages of p3rn tagged marblecake. When YouTube countered, the fearless Anonymous /k/ommandos switched tags to swine flu, twilight, jonas brothers and the like. YouTube had been badly 5/20'd.
While it has always been a fun pastime for Anon to hide porn on Youtube, this would not be like the occasional post stating “Hey look, I managed to get porn on YouTube...check it out here...” This effort would be more concerted, more prearranged, and far more organized than anything that had come before it.
—Kari, on irc.theinternetz.org # invasion.
Anytime you try to organize something on /b/, the set of steps must be simple so that your average /b/tard can follow the instructions without screwing things up. Even still, you manage to get a few imbeciles who can't do anything right, but want to play along. The key to this sort of raid is that you have to keep your instructions to under five steps:
- Create a fake email account and then create a new YouTube account.
- Upload porn to that account starting at midnight and one second UTC.
- Do not Tag the porn with the word “marblecake”. It gets flagged faster.
Continue uploading lots of porn videos over many different accounts. Set all the videos as private and then un-private them all on June 12.
While these simple rules seemed easy enough to follow for most people, many idiots managed to get their uploaded porn deleted before anybody had a chance to view, comment, or rate the videos. Nevertheless, many smarter /b/tards realized that YouTube would begin to see the trend and start deleting anything with the tag “marblecake” attached to it. This included not only the videos, but also the accounts and IP numbers that were attached to those videos. A new mutation of the original plan had to be implemented.
—Describing a video that displays puppies.
Via IRC and several threads on eBaum's imageboard, people who wished to take part in this epic raid were asked to forgo using “marblecake” in lieu of using newer tags. Some of the various tags that were used were:
- Jonas Brothers
- Swine Flu
- Britain’s Got Talent
- Hannah Montana
- High School Musical
Here are some more tags that Anon has been trying:
epic win cake ftw xbox ps3 wow hot pizza tasty pie bob spoon fork death crash over 9000 Jonas Brothers Deleted Footage clock tank phone air gown bean bag ball poo station car race mate dive head towel bomb sandal sandy butthol spore jeans slipper head scarves road stop belted seat books random kitty picture frogs smile tooth spare fresh fingers mat armchair wooden cotton headed subjects lighter nose bottles court stem table hairdryer strum flu nuggets flooring viola speaker screened slip remote field houses rugby white black red striped cable story cats young libertine author perez hilton gay marriage marblecake john mccain beyonce VAGINA dick ass blowjob ffffffffffuuuuuuu the game 2009 jonas brothers hilary duff blink 182 family guy simpsons fred epic win fail youtube ebaum hidden secret easter egg sexy underwear nuts zoo fhm maxim vagoo
Many anons, because of school networks or because most of them are too dumb or lazy to actually work for something, could not participate in the raid as they did not have access to porn on their computers outside of the several Gig furry porn folders that would not be acceptable for this type of raid. This did not turn out to be a detriment to the raid in general because Anons who could not upload, could comment and rate videos.
—EXCELLENT GRAMMAR ARE ME.
While e/b/aums were busy commenting, uploading, and rating videos, they were also being urged to flag other videos in an attempt to confuse the folks at YouTube. While this tactic seems to be a great idea on paper, it must also be realized that the administrators at YouTube aren't stupid. They will probably just delete whole time blocks of uploaded videos and not really pay attention to tags. Also, at some point they might just shut down ALL uploads until the raid blows over. Still, it might be worth a shot, the confusion would stem from two prongs of attack:
- Which videos are the real flagged videos that need to be removed?
- Making the wrong decision and deleting a video could push porn videos to the front page.
The raid was slated to start at 12:00am BST...which of course nobody on eBaum's (aside from Britfags) had ever heard of. This caused the raid to misfire and start as early as 7:00pm in some areas of the world. It didn’t matter though, it was still funny.
- An IRC client so you can watch the lulz in #porntube on the irc.deltaanime.net IRC server.
—/b/tard telling it like it is.
While this section will certainly expand as coverage of this event hits other, slower media sources, it can be hypothesized what most of the coverage will look like. Imagine Bill O’Reilly crying into the camera while some clipart that looks like a V mask is displayed on the monitor behind him. Of course, it was imperative that the whole raid be blamed on eBaum's for the full lulz effect to take place.
Gallery of Fallout
—Some parent on the Ars Technica forum.
So the fallout has begun and the raid seems to still be going on. Sites around the net are reporting that eBaum's World is the culprit, shocking many people who cannot believe that the Internet is still falling for that old gag. Most of the chatter at this point falls under the "But what about the CHILDREN" category...
Imagification of the BBC quote.
PORN ON YOUTUBE WHAT???????????????????????????
<video type="youtube" id="bi7y0C4eecM" width="300" Height="300 frame="true" position="center"/>
White Knight Faggotry?
11:41 *** TheWhiteKnightofLight ([email protected]) has joined the room 11:41 <TheWhiteKnightofLight> Just to let you guys know, we're watching you. And we'll flag all videos we see. 11:41 <TheWhiteKnightofLight> Fucking nerd losers. Get a life. 11:41 <Casey123> why? 11:41 <Casey123> I like being lifeless 11:41 <Nemesis> as you lurk our irc and flag our vids 11:41 <VIEanon> lol moralfag 11:41 *** soul__ is now known as TheWhiteKnightofFail 11:41 <Nemesis> YOU HAVE A LIFE? 11:41 <ninus3d> awesome nick there, moralfag 11:42 <TheWhiteKnightofFail> TheWhiteKnightofFail, butthurt? 11:42 *** Blasphemer is now known as TheWhiteKnightofEpicFail 11:42 <TheWhiteKnightofLight> Don't you guys have a hobby or something? Why do you have to spam yotube with your filth? 11:42 * TheWhiteKnightofEpicFail . 11:42 <Anonymous> it IS our hobby 11:42 <Nemesis> I have a few hobbies, raiding is one of them 11:42 <TheWhiteKnightofLight> Well that's a pathetic hobby then. 11:42 <tatata> yes indeed 11:42 <Nemesis> so is killing raids 11:42 <tatata> its great fun 11:42 <Nemesis> don't you have a life 11:42 <TheWhiteKnightofFail> we're doing something good for the world. they get free porn. our movement is pretty altruistic, unlike you, who just do this for your ego
With every action, there is an equal and just as retarded reaction. Several trolls felt it was necessary to troll the trolls who were trolling YouTube. While this was funny in itself, it also deprived Anon of a great amount of streaming porn that was easy to get. Screams and rage would often go hand in hand with the hilarity of the moments provided by the raid.
After a few hours of back and forth trolling, several /b/aumtards began to rage due to the fact that a lot of people were going to the higher ups at YouTube and ratting out the whole operation. Somebody had some STRONG ADVICE for Anon:
MOVE TO IRC NEWFAGS! YOUTUBE MODS ARE ON TO US AND HAVE BEEN SEEN POSTING IN OUR THREADS. NO MORE TALK ON HERE UNTIL ITS DONE. YOU DON'T NEED TO SHARE EVERY LITTLE THING YOU'VE DONE. THIS IS e/b/aum's, NOT TWITTER. STOP LINKING TO VIDS AND STOP BREAKING RULES ONE AND TWO Rules 1. For every new account only upload two vids and tag and something random/popular. Create each new account using a different proxy 2. Move to IRC. this is not the place for this discussion. Don't link vids here. 3. Don't break Rules 1 & 2. Disable comments and ratings on all videos posted. Flag non porn videos We can do this, Anon.
«8:51:11» OldDirtyBtard: holy shit «8:51:19» OldDirtyBtard: VTECH is kicking in «8:51:20» OldDirtyBtard: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=marblecake&search=tag&page=4 «8:51:37» OldDirtyBtard: “marblecake” results 61 - 80 of about 94 «8:51:45» dan: “marblecake” results 61 - 80 of about 97 «8:51:49» dan: lol it grew
«8:55:38» OldDirtyBtard: it wasnt supposed to start yet «8:55:43» dan: yeah «8:55:45» OldDirtyBtard: cos of BST «8:55:54» OldDirtyBtard: BST=/= GMT «8:56:11» OldDirtyBtard: british summer time for the article «8:59:35» OldDirtyBtard: new tags =twilight, swine flu, britains got talent «8:59:46» OldDirtyBtard: hanna montanna
Press Coverage (not really)
YouTube was busy deleting porn videos on Wednesday after users of forums at a rival site and a hackers' site declared a "Porn Day" campaign against the popular video service. The forums at video site eBaum's World ///It was all Ebamus fault/// and 4chan organized the mass porn "carpet bombing" on YouTube, according to Ars Technica. YouTube has been removing the videos as fast as it can, but even videos that are removed are still showing up in search results with explicit images in the thumbnails, the report said. It could take a couple of days for all the explicit results to be removed from the search results, Google spokesman Scott Rubin told Ars Technica. Rubin did not immediately respond to an e-mail from CNET News.
Ars Techinca News
Video sharing website YouTube has removed hundreds of pornographic videos which were uploaded in what is believed to be a planned attack. The material was uploaded under names of famous teenage celebrities such as Hannah Montana and Jonas Brothers. Many started with footage of children's videos before groups of adults performing graphic sex acts appeared on screen. YouTube owner Google said it was aware and addressing the problem. The BBC was made aware that scores of sexually explicit and inappropriate material was uploaded. In one video titled Jonas Brother Live On Stage, a user posted a comment saying: "I'm 12 years old and what is this?" Under other uploaded videos, online users posted comments such as: "Take the tags off, you'll get us caught." Another said: "Your gonna kill us all!" As the disturbing videos were being uploaded, many viewers added them to their favourites and rated them highly. The BBC's interactive reporter Siobhan Courtney contacted Flonty, one user believed to have uploaded some of the pornographic material videos. His profile states that he is 21 and from Germany. He said: "I did it because YouTube keeps deleting music. It was part of a 4Chan raid." When asked if he was concerned that children can freely watch such inappropriate material, Flonty replied: "Children will find inappropriate material around the internet anyway. "This kind of raid showed how easy it is to upload porn to a website that millions of people browse on a daily basis". 4Chan is an organised group that describes itself on its website as the "home of the sickest, strangest, and most horrifying stuff on the internet". "Anything and everything can, and usually does, happen here. We have our very own unique culture, and there is no group quite like us anywhere out there," it says. Google spokesman Scott Rubin told BBC News: "We are aware of the slew of pornographic videos that were uploaded. "We are addressing them as we would any video that violates our community guidelines. "In addition, any account we discover that has been set up specifically to attack YouTube will be disabled."
The "/b/tards" strike again. The teenaged pranksters of 4chan.org's /b/ discussion board flooded YouTube with pornographic clips Wednesday and Thursday, according to various reports. YouTube has strong filters and dedicated employees seeking out and deleting porn from the site, but it wasn't enough to handle the onslaught of uploading clips. To get around the filters, many of the clips appeared innocuous for the first 20-30 seconds, the tech blog Ars Technica reported, but then cut abruptly to hardcore sex scenes. A spokesman for Google, which owns YouTube, said most of the porn had been removed by Wednesday afternoon. "It may take some time for video search results and thumbnail images to disappear from the site," Scott Rubin told ArsTechnica. "Typically, this should not take more than a couple of days, but the videos themselves are no longer viewable." Participants on 4chan's /b/ board and the similar eBaum's World site had declared Wednesday to be "Porn Day." Previous 4chan pranks include flooding virtual-reality games with offensive characters and rigging Time magazine's "Time 100" poll so that its founder rose to the top. The /b/ board also created the "Rickrolling" Rick Astley video craze, as well as the "LOLcats" fad of cat pictures with nonsensical captions.
YouTube has removed thousands of pornographic videos from its servers following a coordinated attack which succeeded in uploading a catalogue of inappropriate clips to the video-sharing site. 4Chan, a bulletin board for Japanese manga content, has been blamed for the attack, which used the names of celebrities such as Hannah Montana to lure unsuspecting YouTube users to the porn videos. YouTube's owner, Google, said thousands of videos have been deleted, but some may remain accessible for some time while the company removes the content and associated thumbnail images. One person said to have uploaded the videos to YouTube claimed to have been part of a coordinated attack by 4Chan users. "I did it because YouTube keeps deleting music. It was part of a 4Chan raid," said YouTube user 'Flonty', speaking to the BBC. Google said any YouTube account set up to attack the video-sharing site will be disabled. However, tracking the content being uploading is a mammoth task. YouTube said in a blog on Wednesday that 20 hours of video is now being uploaded every minute. This has grown from 15 hours per minute in January 2009, and six hours per minute two years ago.
Reports indicate that YouTube was swamped yesterday by an abundance of pornography. A large group of users began uploading seemingly innocent clips, many with kid-friendly tags such as "Jonas Brothers" and "Hannah Montana". The clips however, while possessing 30 seconds of normal content at the beginning, were predominantly explicit. The attack is being dubbed the "Porn Day" attack by the culprits, users of the website "4chan". Google has said that it is aware of the attacks, are is taking the appropriate action. Unfortunately, thumbnails may remain on the website for up to a week while Google removes the offending material. The attack comes at a time where Google is already being sued by Viacom for not doing enough regarding copyright content. This occurrence may direct attention to Google, with regard to child safety on the web.
Techradar Internet News
YouTube, the biggest video-upload website in the world, was infiltrated by 4Chan this week with the infamous web message board uploading a barrage of porn clips to the video service.
The prank was apparently set up by a number of 4Chan's members and has been dubbed 'porn day' due to the massive amount of explicit material that was uploaded to YouTube.
The real kicker for the YouTube censors is that the material has been hidden among innocuous clips, such as footage of US stalwarts the Jonas Brothers and Hannah Montana.
The folks at 4Chan haven't made it impossible, however, with Ars Technica reporting that the keyword 'marblecake' has been used as a call sign from the pranksters – a word familiar to those who use the 4Chan message boards.
Speaking to the BBC, one 4Chan member (Flonty) said that the prank was "because YouTube keeps deleting music."
This is in reference to the website's spat with the Performing Right Society (PRS) over music royalties, which has seen many premium music videos taken off the site.
A YouTube spokesperson has revealed that most of the X-rated material has been removed but a thorough clean-up is still needed, explaining that: "It may take some time for video search results and thumbnail images to disappear from the site."
This isn't the first time 4Chan has caused disarray on the web. Recently it rigged the Time 100 online poll so that the image board's founding member Christopher Poole (Moot) nabbed the number one spot.
These stunts, and the site's 'anything goes' attitude, means that 4Chan is pretty much the place for the creation of internet memes.
The likes of 'rickrolling' and lol cats have all debuted on 4Chan, which promotes anonymous posting, making it one of the most popular website's around.
When TechRadar did a quick search of YouTube for any offending material (completely for research purposes, you understand) there didn't seem to be anything of note, but the prank does highlight the problems in YouTube's 'upload now, moderate later' rule for content uploaded by the general public.
Operation Ponytail (more affectionately known as Operation Ponyfail)
is a super secret second wave, planned for June 12th. The plans are slightly different this time around. For instance, tagging videos with "Marble Cake" was abandoned, participants are to upload each video to a separate account and set them on private until the day of reckoning, among other changes. Of course, Youtube already knows about this plan and will most definitely not let it happen. was the biggest epic fail in the history of the world evar. Most people looked for hours on JewTube for porn, and none was to be found. Gaiafags also got in on the fun.
November 14, 2010
Yet another wave of videos (some uploaded as early as October 14) were unleashed by unconscionable miscreants. For example: They are bad-nicks and should be of course banned for their violation of possible. Tut tut.
- NYTimes discusses YouTube's 'wisdom' of relying on users to flag 'inappropriate' content after their FAIL during Opearation YouYube.
- Trying to go mainstream. A case of newfags breaking rules 1 and 2.
- The only currently working YouTube porn link left from the raid.
- Ars Techinca News
- CNET News
- BBC News
- Telegraph: YouTube targeted by pranksters
- Independent: YouTube rocked by hackers.
- Guardian: YouTube besieged by porn videos.
- Fox: YouTube still recovering from Porn Day
- PCMAG: How did you celebrate Porn Day?
- ebaums defy YouTube security.
- Leave comments here to milk the lolcows. P.S. Remember to blame Ebaums.
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