YouTube, which has come under its share of criticism for permitting the posting of content from various radical fringes, has created a new feature allowing users to flag video content they deem to be “terrorist in nature,” according to The Huffington Post.
When the icon for flagging content as inappropriate is clicked, the phrase “promotes terrorism” now appears as an option under the “violent or repulsive content” category, reports HuffPo (click on thumbnail for screenshot).
Not everyone thinks this is a good idea. George Washington University law professor Jeffrey Rosen, cited in the Los Angeles Times, “notes that the phrase is more subject to interpretation than the longstanding language in the YouTube guidelines that specifically forbids material that incites others to commit violence.” Meanwhile, HuffPo takes YouTube to task for “effectively throwing its hands up and saying it’s no longer the site’s job to determine what content belongs and what doesn’t.”
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