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Calls to Jihad on Youtube taken down

Anwar al-Awlaki had several of his videos, which call for Jihad, taken down from Youtube after petitions from the US and British government.  As this New York Times article explains, Youtube took those requests much more seriously as al-Awlaki is affiliated with the Yemeni branch of al Qaeda connected to the recent plane bombing plot.  The challenge that Google-owned Youtube faces is avoiding unnecessary censorship of free speech.  The article concludes

“YouTube and Google deserve credit for trying to distinguish videos that are merely offensive from those that show graphic violence or hate speech or risk inciting imminent violence, which is the line American courts have drawn in free speech cases since the 1960s,” Professor Rosen said.


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