“YouTube bans terrorism training videos”

Found via SlashDot:

The Google-owned portal will ban footage that advertises terrorism or extremist causes and supporters of the change hope it will blunt al-Qaeda’s strong media online campaign.
[…]
n addition to the ban on terror training videos, the new YouTube guidelines includes bans on videos that incite others to commit violent acts, videos on how to make bombs, and footage of sniper attacks.

The internet has become a powerful tool for terrorism recruitment. What was once conducted at secret training camps in Afghanistan is now available to anyone, anywhere because of the web.

Chatrooms are potent recruitment tools, but counterterrorism officials have found terrorist-sponsored videos are also key parts of al-Qaeda’s propaganda machine.

“It’s good news if there are less of these on the web,” FBI spokesman Richard Kolko said. “But many of these jihadist videos appear on different websites around the world, and any time there is investigative or intelligence value we actively pursue it.” [Source Link: World News Australia]

Well its about time given that whole “do no evil thing.

Side note, this appears to be partially as a result of the work of Sen. Lieberman:

The move comes after pressure on the internet search engine from Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman.

I think this would an example of a Strategic Citizen practicing his own National Security Strategy. I mean that in a good way.

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