YouTube Enlists ‘ Trusted Flaggers That Money Making To Take your Free Speech IF THEY DON’T LIKE YOU’ Police Videos
UK government flaggers
The Journal’s report comes a few days after the Financial Times said Google had already given a number of UK security officials “super flagger powers” in an effort to “contain the proliferation of jihadist material prompted by the war in Syria but are likely to stir concern among civil liberties campaigners.”
Google confirmed with the FT that a UK government agency is indeed working to search for particular types of material, with a government spokesperson adding that it was looking for content that might have violated the country’s Terrorism Act.
Commenting on the system, a spokesperson for YouTube said the site has a “zero–tolerance policy…towards content that incites violence,” adding, “Our community guidelines prohibit such content and our review teams respond to flagged videos around the clock, routinely removing videos that contain hate speech or incitement to commit violent acts.”
Google was keen to point out that the final decision about whether a video is removed is theirs and theirs alone.
“Any suggestion that a government or any other group can use these flagging tools to remove YouTube content themselves is wrong,” a spokesperson for the Mountain View company told the Journal.