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Update: YouTube account of Palestinian Media Watch appears to have been reinstated


It appears as if Palestinian Media Watch is back up on YouTube. Thanks to everyone who contacted YouTube to complain.

Here is an op-ed in today’s JPost by Andre Oboler about the PMW’s recent suspension – published before it was reinstated:

Justice Louis Brandeis of the US Supreme Court once said “Sunlight is the best disinfectant.”

This is often used to justify “more speech” as the only solution to “hate speech.”

In November, as parliamentarians and experts from over 40 countries gathered in Canada for the second meeting of the Interparliamentary Coalition for Combatting Anti-Semitism, there was a growing concern at rising anti-Semitism, and an increased acceptance that more than sunlight was needed in response.

At the gathering, I presented as part of an experts panel on hate speech online. One point I raised was the problem of YouTube videos that do not by themselves constitute hate, but which attract hateful comments.

An example I gave was a YouTube clip of Sacha Baron Cohen’s song “Throw the Jew Down the Well.”

The most popular comment on the video the morning I presented, as voted by YouTube viewers, read: “Lets [sic] genocide them by burning them! But this time, lets [sic] actually do it.”

Should Sacha Baron Cohen or YouTube take this clip down if this is what it inspires? Should the comments be closed to viewers? The answer is unclear, but allowing this to continue is not a good thing and seeing how popular it is leaves me feeling very uncomfortable.

THERE IS also a clear problem with hate groups, such as “theytnazism” on YouTube.

See rest of the essay, here.

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  1. I am delighted to see this – particularly when so many of Anwar Al-Awlaki’s speeches are still on YouTube, but what sort of twisted mindset is that of the individuals who would want to shut down PMW and what sort of craziness means that they are taken seriously? What pressure has the Islamist lobby put on YouTube – the threat to take their suicide videos offline and lose hits from the Islamically crazed (I saw them referred to as “Islamoloons” on Twitter) and the loss of revenue unless YouTube stops broadcasting the truth about them?

    This is the very same YouTube, remember, which allowed beheadings of hostages by Islamists to be broadcast.