Taking down Isis material from Twitter or YouTube not as clear cut as it seems
Posted in: Censorship at 24/06/2014 20:04
It sounds simple enough: Google's subsidiary YouTube should take down videos from extremist groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis), and Twitter should block hashtags and accounts instigated by the same groups. In both cases such speech is an incitement to violence, and hence illegal under British law.
Having started as places for people to upload dating videos (YouTube) or let friends know what they are doing (Twitter), both networks have been thrown into the complex world of geopolitics, mixed with arguments over freedom of speech. The fact that Isis fighters and would-be jihadists are digital natives who have grown up with cameraphones and internet access means that social networks are the first, rather than the last, place they look to spread their message.