Mormon university lifts three-year YouTube ban

Citing educational value, Brigham Young University allows students, faculty on website

The Associated Press is reporting that Brigham Young University, the Mormon church school at which students agree to live a chaste and virtuous life, has lifted its nearly three-year policy of blocking access to YouTube.

The ban was lifted Friday by university administrators, who cited an increasing amount of educational material on the popular video-sharing site, says university spokeswoman Carri Jenkins.

The school blocked YouTube in 2006 because the university’s administration thought it contained too much content that could violate the school’s strict, conservative standards.

Last Friday, the same day the ban was lifted, the university launched its own web page, which explains the school’s Internet policies and advises readers on how to avoid online scams and viruses. It notes that the school’s students and faculty have agreed to avoid content and activities that are not “virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy.”

Brigham Young web security software will still block pornography, adult and violent content.