Yesterday, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) sent a letter to Google chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt, asking that he “immediately remove content produced by Islamist terrorist organizations from YouTube.” He charged that by allowing the videos, Google was not enforcing its “Community Guidelines.” In a response on its blog, however, Google rebuffed Lieberman:
Senator Lieberman’s staff identified numerous videos that they believed violated YouTube’s Community Guidelines. In response to his concerns, we examined and ended up removing a number of videos from the site, primarily because they depicted gratuitous violence, advocated violence, or used hate speech. Most of the videos, which did not contain violent or hate speech content, were not removed because they do not violate our Community Guidelines.
We believe that YouTube is a richer and more relevant platform for users precisely because it hosts a diverse range of views, and rather than stifle debate we allow our users to view all acceptable content and make up their own minds.
[featuredcomment]Freedom Rebel Says: “Congratulations to YouTube for understanding that debate is healthy. That is what makes this a great country is our diversity. We may not always agree with all opinions,(I’m not including hate based speechs) but it helps broaden our views and ideas. To look at a situation differently through someone elses eyes, so to speak.”[/featuredcomment]