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April 12, 2007 – Online photo and video sharing website Photobucket.com yesterday strongly criticized social network MySpace.com for its new content restrictions. MySpace unexpectedly pulled videos and slideshows posted by Photobucket users from the site yesterday, according to the official Photobucket blog.
Photobucket users upload about 50,000 videos each day. MySpace, which previously allowed users to embed Photobucket videos into their blogs, profiles, and comments, now limits the videos to only the main blog section, according to Photobucket.
MySpace representatives blocked the Photobucket videos and slideshows because the slideshows contained advertisements for the upcoming Spider-Man 3 movie, which violated their content policy of unauthorized commercialization, according to an Associated Press report today.
In response, Photobucket is encouraging its customers to write to MySpace with complaints, calling the company's recent actions restrictions on freedom of expression.
"We believe that by limiting your ability to personalize your pages with content from any source, MySpace is contradicting the very belief of personal and social media," states the blog. "By severely restricting this freedom, MySpace is showing that it considers you a commodity which it can treat as it sees fit."