AN inquiry is underway after a Huddersfield man found an intimate video of himself posted on the internet.
YouTube officials are now looking into the blackmail complaints made by Jonathan Slee, who believes the film was posted by a woman he met online.
Mr Slee was left highly embarrassed by the woman he had met through a dating website.
The pair were believed to have got on well and were chatting regularly through both www.justchat.co.uk and MSN.
Eventually in a bid to get to know one another better, they began talking through a web cam.
But things went badly wrong when Mr Slee found several intimate shots of himself on the broadcasting channel.
The woman, who referred to herself as Susan, had posted the same video more than three times under an offensive heading.
Mr Slee said she then demanded money to take down the postings.
He explained that as soon as the threats began, her name changed to “Roxanna” and she announced she was actually based in Romania.
She threatened to send the film to his business contacts and even got his home telephone number through MSN, which she put on the video.
Once she had these details, Roxanna also put on the video that he was from Huddersfield, which meant that people in the area who look at the channel for updates had already been alerted to the video.
Mr Slee contacted YouTube directly, which has now removed the videos.
But the woman has since attempted to post the video under different names.
One of the videos remained on the site for more than 13 hours after being posted.
A YouTube spokesman said they were unable to comment on individual videos.
But the spokesman stressed that there were strict rules and regulations about the website which could be found on their community guidelines page.
A spokeswoman said: “On YouTube, our community guidelines prohibit content like pornography, gratuitous violence or hate speech.
“When people see content that they think is inappropriate they can flag it and our staff then review it.Š
“If the content breaks our terms then we remove it and if a user repeatedly breaks the rules we disable their account.”
The guidelines state YouTube is not for pornography or sexually explicit content.
People are urged not to post such videos on the service.
“We work closely with law enforcement and we report child exploitation”, said the spokesman.