I read a very interesting (but long) article called YOUTUBE WAR: FIGHTING IN A WORLD OF CAMERAS IN EVERY CELL PHONE AND PHOTOSHOP ON EVERY COMPUTER by Cori E. Dauber. Here is a synopsis of this 135-page report:
Terrorist attacks today are often media events in a second sense: information and communication technologies have developed to such a point that these groups can film, edit, and upload their own attacks within minutes of staging them, whether the Western media are present or not. In this radically new information environment, the enemy no longer depends on traditional media. This is the “YouTube War.” This monograph methodically lays out the nature of this new environment in terms of its implications for a war against media-savvy insurgents, and then considers possible courses of action for the Army and the U.S. military as they seek to respond to an enemy that has proven enormously adaptive to this new environment and the new type of warfare it enables.
In our world of cheap video production and free video hosting (thank you YouTube and LiveLink) we need to do everything in our power to fight the propagandizing terrorists wherever we find them – and that includes on YouTube. As the study points out, the audience of the videos are two-fold. They are both trying to recruit more terrorists and intimidate the people under their thumb, and trying to intimidate and strike fear into the hearts of the enemy — us. Isn’t is nice of YouTube to help them out? Take, for instance, this video:
Look at where this is popular:
Here’s the linkage between this terrorist website and YouTube:
Assassin posts the typical list of places to download the video:
almosul administrator tells us what we are supposedly viewing – propaganda at it’s finest!
I decided to check Google to see if there are other YouTube videos linked at this website. Of course there were.
You know me — I clicked the links.
Hey look — it’s united islamic jihad again!
And still more:
On another thread there’s more:
Lovely tagline by one of the posters:
So what about that other website, 7cgen.com?
And the video from YouTube is linked here as well:
This is not simply a game. This is war. And we don’t need to wonder who’s side YouTube is on. A check of their TOS, Community Guidelines and whatnot turned this up:
Safety Center: Flagging a video off the site
A misconception among many YouTubers is that if you can get enough people to flag a video or a profile, you can have it removed. At YouTube, we have a staff that reviews each flag created by a user, so no matter how many flags come in, it will still be reviewed by a human being. If you see content that should be removed from the site, go ahead and flag it- only one flag is necessary to bring it to our attention.
So when we’ve flagged videos that are linked to terrorist sites, or pointed out that a particular video is a terrorist training video and yet that video remains hosted on YouTube’s free internet servers, we can only assume that YouTube has given tacit approval to the content of the videos. Either that or their TOS are bogus. You pick.
Hopefully it won’t be too late when we start holding them accountable for their aid to the enemy.
Related topics: FreeRepublic’s You Tube Smackdown on STRIKE!