May 19th, Joseph Lieberman which is a US Senator from Connecticut asked Google to remove internet videos produced by terrorist organizations like Al-Qaeda from its YouTube site.
"Islamist terrorist organizations use YouTube to disseminate their propaganda, enlist followers, and provide weapons training," - Senator Lieberman.
"YouTube also, unwittingly, permits Islamist terrorist groups to maintain an active, pervasive, and amplified voice, despite military setbacks or successful operations by the law enforcement and intelligence communities."
Google responded with:
"(W)e examined and ended up removing a number of videos from the site, primarily because they depicted gratuitous violence, advocated violence, or used hate speech. Most of the videos, which did not contain violent or hate speech content, were not removed because they do not violate our Community Guidelines."
On this note, Google continues to allow organizations that are deemed Foreign Terrorist Organizations to post videos that are viewed by citizens in the United States.
Update: Google currently still allows videos to be viewed by United States citizens.
On this topic, The Thailand monarchy asked Google to remove a clip that insulted its monarchy of 80 years. Google removed the video at the request of the monarchy.
Everyone that has the internet knows about China’s great Firewall and knows the Google edits their search index to remove sites that China does not allow.
“One mans Terrorist is another mans Freedom Fighter” – Anonymous.
To understand Google, you need to understand their mission. “Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful.”
Google by their own Mission Statement should not be aiding China in removing links, it should not be removing video’s from YouTube for Thailand and it should not be removing video’s via request from a senator.
Here is where Google is a Hypocrite. Google has removed links and videos for both China and Thailand at their request, but has not removed video’s and links at the United States request. In this act, they support U.S. deemed terrorists within the United States.
They can argue that “One mans Terrorist is another mans Freedom Fighter”, but if they are willing to do it for another country, why not the U.S.? If they don’t do it at the request of the U.S., then why should they do it at the request of China or Thailand.
Do you see the Hypocrisy? I ask you to blog about it and let your voices be heard.
BTW, I am not slamming Google, I just ask them to stop falling short of their true Mission!
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