We encourage the Salafīs not to use youtube as a source of Islamic information. Unlike Salafī websites, it is a PUBLIC SHARED broadcasting site that hosts every type of junk, garbage content, this is not a library source for a Salafī. It also is meta driven and gives lots of suggestions based on calculated algorithms which may appeal to the given user, this content often includes deviant material, more popular material, contrasting material and sponsored material. This is not to mention the vast amount of unsavoury material that appears on the site. For this reason, it is not encouraged.
That being said, we do recognise that millions of people (including Muslims) utilise the site, for this reason we have created a channel so that those Muslims who are unaware of good resources and Salafī materials may be enlightened about it. We have noticed that many people have taken content from troid.ca unreferenced and republished it to YouTube. As a policy we do not allow this, primarily because:
A) We have our own channel to categorise our content
B) It divides up and waters down search results for a given lecture, producing several results for the same lecture and sharing the results/hits spread out over several URLS lowering the weight of all result pages on google and in essence, making the lecture less popular as opposed to higher in google results (i.e. it is actually more harmful in the long run - those who do this hope to spread the da'wah further when in essence they may be holding it back due to not understanding the web).
For those who have expertise in video creation, they may contact us to assist build up our channel.
In general, we also discourage our brothers and sisters from spending excessive amounts of time building up channels and blogs, seeking to aid the da'wah but oftentimes spending far more time preaching Islam than learning it, it also opens one up to accountability and responsibility for one's error or potential misguidance of others. Sometimes a person starts out upon this path, seeking the pleasure of Allaah, then builds a small audience and his/her perspective changes, as they then see themselves in a position of responsibility (with people depending on them now for knowledge), so it can spiral out of control and beyond one's scope, something that originates with a good niyyah. This is something that has emerged in the "publish oneself" era of social networking, blogging, and microblogging. In the 90's this wasn't a factor as it was difficult to establish a website and the sources of information were much fewer and more knowledge-based, less discussion based.
Further to the above, if one were to read the TOS (terms of service) carefully for YouTube, it would be apparent that ownership of the content is ceded to YouTube. In addition, if YouTube deems is offensive based on their interpretation of their rules, it can be removed. Using social sharing sites as primary hosting options of Salafī material is like seeking to host an Islamic library at the mall (beside all other sources of junk and misguidance and not to mention the terms of the mall). As a secondary option to expose the content to a broader audience, is another issue, but relying on YouTube to be a primary-source digital library to the Salafī community is not wise. It is even more questionable when generally, we don't have videos but audios put into an .mp4 format with titles.
In many cases, audio is not available in easily portable formats such as .mp3. Instead, it is rushed to YouTube by those who attend lectures or seminars. YouTube .mp4 files are huge and hog bandwidth, they are not practical formats for mobile devices etc. and not as intuitive and user-friendly as tagged .mp3 files that can be library-indexed by iTunes, media player, VLC etc. on phones, tablets and PCs.
In the race to push information...these important details are often overlooked.
Last edit: 6 years 9 months ago by troid.org admin.