The YouTube Jihad
Finally, it's a concern
YouTube has finally pulled down some of the hundreds of videos featuring calls to jihad. It took pressure from American and British officials, as well as concern after two powerful bombs hidden in cargo planes were intercepted en route from Yemen to Chicago on Oct 5th.
It seems that a New York congressman, Anthony Weiner, sent YouTube a letter listing hundreds of videos featuring Anwar al-Awlaki and calls to violence. Weiner said that initially YouTube gave him a "bureaucratic" response, but seemed to take his request more seriously after the two bombs were found on route from Yemen.
Inspiring violence with over 2,500 YouTube videos
Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born, Yemen-based cleric has played an increasingly public role in inspiring violence directed at the West. By posting more than 2,500 YouTube video lectures, sermons, and speeches, experts believe Al-Awlaki was able to incite terrorists including Major Nidal Hisan (Fort Hood shooter) and Umar Farooq Abdulmutallab (the Christmas day bomber).
Victoria Grand, a spokeswoman for YouTube, said they had removed videos that violated YouTube's guidelines prohibiting "dangerous or illegal activities such as bomb-making, hate speech and incitement to commit violent acts," or came from accounts "registered by a member of a designated foreign terrorist organization".
YouTube - A free & convenient terrorist video distribution service
Yes, technically, YouTube's terms of service states that posted videos "inciting others to commit violent acts" can be removed, but each and every "inappropriate" video must be flagged by a concerned individual before it is removed by YouTube's staff. The problem is, by the time this is done, hundreds of videos can be downloaded from YouTube and posted on radical Islamic websites. This makes YouTube a free and convenient video distribution method for terrorist groups.
YouTube has zero tolerance for copyright Issues but...
YouTube seems to have no problem immediately vetting and blocking video content that seems to conflict with copyright issues, the question is what is the tolerance for real threats?