Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Videos Critical of Muslim Terrorists Censored on YouTube

From Nobody’s Business, the fact that certain videos critical of Muslim radicals have been censored at the popular video site.

YouTube’s Selective Censorship

“Broadcast yourself,” is YouTube’s slogan. Just don’t criticize Muslim radicals in the process.

In at least two instances (see here and here) the digital-video site has pulled clips that denounced jihadists, apparently after protestations from Muslims claiming that the videos contained “hate.”

Meanwhile, YouTube is apparently undisturbed by this stuff:

The wildly popular video-sharing Web site YouTube.com has dozens of videos purporting to show individual American soldiers being killed in Iraq, in what amounts to snuff films, overlaid with music and insurgent slogans. Some of the videos, including ones of American soldiers purportedly being picked off by snipers or being blown up by improvised explosive devices, have been viewed tens of thousands of times each in the past few months. Some are posted in YouTube’s “news and blogs” category, but others are listed under “entertainment” and even “comedy.”
Is YouTube saying it’s forbidden to call jihadists murderous thugs, but that it’s fine for said thugs to post their murder-celebrating real-life snuff movies?

It would seem the company’s got some ‘splaining to do.
One possibility here is that YouTube simply pulls videos on the basis of the number of objections lodged against a particular video, without any real investigation.

If so, that would imply that people sympathetic to violent jihad are busy on the ‘net lodging complaints against videos they don’t like.

The other possibility is that YouTube has chosen, like so many institutions, to placate potentially violent Muslims, but knows it can blow off objections coming from Christians, Jews, and secular people.

‘Spalining to do? Absolutely!

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