Web be­he­moth that STILL won’t lis­ten

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REEKING of com­pla­cency, the head of Google’s Euro­pean op­er­a­tions, Matt Brit­tin, tries des­per­ately to down­play the scan­dal of advertising ap­pear­ing along­side sick­en­ing hate videos on YouTube.

Is­su­ing a to­ken apol­ogy, he says the money Google paid to neo-Nazis and ter­ror sym­pa­this­ers amounted to ‘pen­nies not pounds’, the pages were viewed a ‘hand­ful of times’ and its mon­i­tor­ing works ‘most of the time’. Well that’s al­right then!

For Google’s for­mer clients, who pulled ads af­ter un­wit­tingly spon­sor­ing ex­trem­ist ma­te­rial, his words will ring hol­low.

So too will his de­fence that it is too hard to mon­i­tor the 400 hours of videos up­loaded ev­ery minute. In truth, Google – which for years has shame­fully ig­nored com­plaints about poi­sonous con­tent – isn’t in­ter­ested.

Its be­lated and lack­lus­tre re­sponse is sim­ply an at­tempt to pro­tect its bot­tom line. And de­spite UK rev­enues of £6bil­lion, it re­lies on the pub­lic to flag up hate videos in­stead of hir­ing an army of mon­i­tors.

The Mail is en­tirely con­fi­dent that nei­ther com­pany bosses nor min­is­ters will be sat­is­fied with its re­sponse. Much-needed reg­u­la­tion must surely fol­low.

Only then, per­haps, will the mes­sage get home to ar­ro­gant, tax-avoid­ing Google that it ur­gently needs to clean up its act.

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