Friday, October 20, 2017

Robert Spencer: Jihad preacher Anwar al-Awlaki’s “content remains consistently and readily available on YouTube”

About Robert Spencer

ROBERT SPENCER is the director of Jihad Watch, a program of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, and the author of seventeen books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Free Speech (and Its Enemies). Coming in November 2017 is Confessions of an Islamophobe (Bombardier Books).
Spencer has led seminars on Islam and jihad for the FBI, the United States Central Command, United States Army Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group, the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), the Justice Department’s Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council and the U.S. intelligence community. He has discussed jihad, Islam, and terrorism at a workshop sponsored by the U.S. State Department and the German Foreign Ministry. He is a consultant with the Center for Security Policy.
Spencer is a weekly columnist for PJ Media and FrontPage Magazine, and has written many hundreds of articles about jihad and Islamic terrorism. His articles on Islam and other topics have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Examiner, the New York Post, the Washington Times, the Dallas Morning NewsFox News OpinionNational ReviewThe Hill, the Detroit NewsTownHall.comReal Clear Religion, the Daily Caller, the New Criterion, the Journal of International Security Affairs, the UK’s Guardian, Canada’s National PostMiddle East QuarterlyWorldNet DailyFirst ThingsInsight in the NewsAleteia, and many other journals. For nearly ten years Spencer wrote the weekly Jihad Watch column at Human Events. He has also served as a contributing writer to the Investigative Project on Terrorism and as an Adjunct Fellow with the Free Congress Foundation.

Jihad preacher Anwar al-Awlaki’s “content remains consistently and readily available on YouTube”

YouTube recently removed a “Robert Spencer” playlist as “inappropriate.” YouTube has deleted a popular ex-Muslim’s Arabic material criticizing Islam. YouTube is censoring content to suit Iran’s Islamic authorities.
“YouTube accused of labelling terror preacher Anwar al-Awlaki’s calls for violent jihad as ‘inappropriate’ content – but failing to ban up to 70,000 of his videos,” by Jasper Hamill, The Sun, September 29, 2017:
YOUTUBE has been accused of labelling videos of an infamous terror preacher’s calls for violent jihad “inappropriate” and leaving them available for viewing rather than banning them altogether.
The Counter Extremism Project (CEP), a non-profit dedicated to tackling extremism, alleged that it has found more than 70,000 videos of Anwar al-Awlaki, a dead radical imam whose sermons are said to have inspired atrocities including the 7/7 bombings, the Charlie Hebdo attacks and the Orlando Pulse nightclub massacre.
Jean-Charles Brisard, chairman of the Center for the Analysis of Terrorism, said: “YouTube is a prime example of how internet companies are inconsistently responding to terrorist propaganda online.
“These companies need to take more transparent, coherent and vigorous actions if we are to reduce the spread of this terrorist content.”
YouTube recently introduced a new policy known internally as “tougher treatment” which is designed to reduce the audience for videos deemed to be “inappropriate or offensive to some audiences”.
The Google-owned video site is now putting videos into a “limited state” if they are deemed controversial enough to be considered objectionable, but not hateful, pornographic or violent enough to be banned altogether.
Videos which are put into a limited state cannot be embedded on other websites, easily published on social media using the usual share buttons and other users cannot comment on them – but they can still be watched.
But the CEP’s research suggests al-Awlaki has been subjected to “tougher treatment” rather than being banned.
It said one particularly vitriolic speech called the “Battle of Hearts and Minds” could still be seem om YouTube and had been labelled “inappropriate or offensive to some viewers”.
The CEP said Al Qaeda and ISIS have used the video “to rally supporters and lionize terrorists”.
It claimed that Awlaki’s “content remains consistently and readily available on YouTube” and alleged that it found 70,000 results when it searched YouTube for “Anwar al-Awlaki” just one month ago – up from 61,900 when it did the same on December 19 2015.
The non-profit also alleged that YouTube’s recommendations “nudged” users towards Awlaki’s “incendiary and egregious content”…