Al-Qaeda You Tube videos removed after UK complained to White House

By on Nov 3, 2010 in Internet, Technology, World Comments

Some al-Qaeda You Tube videos were reported to have been removed from the website after UK government complained to the White House, according to Telegraph UK on Wednesday

As published in the British website, You Tube is now starting to remove some al-Qaeda videos including the video entitled 44 Ways to Support Jihad.

As of this writing, visitors to that video will read the message, “This video has been removed because its content violated YouTube‘s terms of service.”

Earlier, some videos of Anwar al-Awlaki were said to have been uploaded on You Tube, who apparently is being believed to have influenced Roshonara Choudhry, who became the first al-Qaeda fanatic to attempt a political assassination in Britain.

Choudhry, a British national, was reported to have stabbed Stephen Timms at his constituency surgery in May, and was convicted of attempted murder on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, it was British Security Minister Baroness Neville-Jones, who was said to have complained to the White House and requested to “take down this hateful material” in cases where servers were based in the US.

She added websites that “incite cold-blooded murder” would “categorically not be allowed in the UK“.

You Tube, Google’s top video site has rules saying that it “prohibit dangerous or illegal activities such as bomb-making, hate speech or incitement to commit specific and serious acts of violence”.

On the other hand, one of Britain‘s leading Internet law experts Andrew Murray was quoted as saying that the guidelines of Google and YouTube are “very narrowly constructed”.

“The type of illegal activity that they define is only very obviously illegal activity,” he added.

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