Islamic Violence Video Banned from YouTube

I just read a post by Michelle Malkin titled Banned on Youtube, about how her video, that was a simple slideshow highlighting the victims of Islamic violence over the years, has been rejected by YouTube as being inappropriate in nature. Of course she asked YouTube why it was deemed inappropriate, as there are still many videos about al-Qaeda propaganda, Nazi videos, etc. She has received no response from YouTube, but has been finding other people in the same situation.

It has come to my attention that Jihadis organized a campaign against us to have our videos removed by You Tube. Some people’s accounts have even been terminated. I don’t know exactly how the You Tube suspension system works, but it looks like a video will be removed if it gets a certain number of complaints (which may be accepted without investigation), and an account gets closed when the third video is removed. One of my videos was recently removed for inappropriate content. The video, It’s In The Koran, could be viewed at http://www.terrorfreeoil.org/videos/ItsInTheKoran.php, second screen (alternative video source). This video contains no sexually explicit content and could only be offensive to Muslims who reject any notion of criticism.

She has posted a video on her site to appeal to YouTube.

This reminds me of the articles by Wayne Porter on Steve Rosenbaum and how Google Adwords blocked any war videos he tried to send traffic to, yet many other ads on the same subject without the videos get approved no problem.

The Story in a Nutshell: As the conflict in the middle East heated up Steve Rosenbaum began to search the web for videos shot by real people in and around the conflict. He found plenty of video citizen journalism and to get the word out he created a channel to aggregate the videos and organize them in a central area. Nice- Great idea! Something Google might of thought of doing since their mission is to, and I quote, “Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.”

The Catch: What he didn’t bank on was not just having certain ads rejected, but his entire Adwords campaign deleted!

I realize these big websites don’t want anyone offended by content on their sites, but this is real life, and real life isn’t always pretty. Steve was just trying to make a website that listed and referenced all of the conversations on the war, and Michelle is just criticizing jihadis, a group on YouTube they believe targeted their videos.

The starbulletin posted an article called Web videos mock U.S. war deaths in which they say YouTube is listing dozens of videos showing individual American soldiers being killed in Iraq, saying they are pretty much snuff films, and that the videos include music and insurgent slogans.

Some of the videos, including ones of American soldiers purportedly being picked off by snipers or being blown up by improvised explosive devices, have been viewed tens of thousands of times each in the past few months. Some are posted in YouTube’s “news and blogs” category, but others are listed under “entertainment” and even “comedy.”

Their presence on YouTube shows that insurgent propaganda — including genuine footage — already available on more obscure Web sites has seeped in the mainstream of American popular culture, said Eben Kaplan, assistant editor of CFR.org, the Web site of the Council on Foreign Relations, a nonpartisan think tank headquartered in New York.

So, watching Americans soldiers die is okay, even with a disclaimer, but criticism of jihadis is not? So, I think I have it now, jihadis propaganda okay, jihadis criticism is not. Pretty sad YouTube, pretty sad.