Saturday, February 24, 2007

Double Standard at YouTube

A funny thing happened recently when YouTube user Nick Gisburne posted a video critical of Islam. Jason Lee Miller explains:

Gisburne is a self-described atheist with, at least from the one video, a deep questioning of Muslim claims about the Koran. To express his doubts about Islam being a religion of peace, Gisburne created a 10-minute video, entitled "Islamic Teachings" that was nothing but violent quotations taken from the Koran instructing followers to kill nonbelievers and speed their way to Hell where Allah will torture them forever.

It would seem quoting the holy book in a sort of testament against itself was over the line for someone working at Google-owned YouTube. Not only was the video deleted without any type of warning to the uploader, but the uploader's account was also deleted with only the explanation (or accusation) of submitting inappropriate content, a category usually reserved for nudity or video violence.

(Emphasis added-DD; Link courtesy of Dhimmi Watch)

Meanwhile, the Jerusalem Post looks at another group of YouTube users who are seemingly allowed to post videos unhindered:

Over the past few weeks, those who track the use of media by terror groups have noted a strong trend among Iraqi insurgents to distribute their propaganda movies and violence footage not through fringe, hard-to-find websites, but by uploading them directly to popular video sharing sites such as YouTube.

Many of the videos have been seen by tens of thousands of viewers, and some by hundreds of thousands, on YouTube, Google Video and Some show footage from terror attacks, including close-ups of badly burned children. Propaganda videos give a slide show of photographs depicting exploded military vehicles and dead American soldiers, while Arabic victory songs play in the background.

(Emphasis added-DD)

Apparently, then, YouTube considers videos of jihadists killing American soldiers acceptable content, while videos that condemn Islam are not. Something is seriously wrong in Google-land.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your invitation to play LOST:

8:24 AM  
Anonymous Dances With Books said...

So much for the Google idea of "do no evil." They just help promote it, but when someone actually questions those who promote violence in the name of their deity, yank them out. Looks like PC gone wrong.

I don't think Google intentionally makes it a point to make it easier for the terrorists to post their propaganda (at least I hope not), but if for no other reason than consistency they should have left the critic's video up. Just a thought?

5:07 PM  

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