Google Bars Incitement-to-Violence Terrorist Videos from YouTube

Sherry Harowitz

Responding to pressure from Sen. Joe Lieberman (ID-CT), Google has changed the guidelines for what is permitted on YouTube to bar videos that incite others to violence. The goal is to prevent posting of terrorist recruitment videos.

The Senator first raised the issue in May in a bipartisan committee report on how terrorists use the Internet to promote their goals.

According to a release from the Senator's office:

Lieberman wrote to Google CEO Dr. Eric Schmidt on May 19, 2008, alerting Google to the fact that YouTube hosted hundreds of videos produced by al-Qaeda and other Islamist terrorist groups designated by the State Department as Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO). The letter asked that Google enforce its existing community guidelines prohibiting hate speech and gratuitous violence and to remove all content produced by FTOs. Many of the videos produced by FTOs are easily identified by an icon or logo of the organization that produced the video.

The release notes that Google has removed hundreds of videos and now has strengthened its guidelines, but "The Senator ...continues to urge Google to remove all videos produced by FTOs, not just those that violate its community guidelines."




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