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Youtube are to enforce UK specific guidelines to deal with videos “showing weapons with the aim of intimidation” being banned from the site, just days after new global guidelines to outlaw content that “directly incites violence”. The UK only decision has been in light of recent postings glorifying violence, made all the more poignant in relation to incidents such as the murder of 11-year-old Rhys Jones.

Why blog this? Google, the owners of Youtube, have had to move from being purely a service provider to making editorial judgments on the content which their users post. Can you have a truly neutral platform to ever post content?


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