Nazis in­vade YouTube

The Jewish Chronicle - - World News - BY TOBY AX­EL­ROD

CON­CERNS HAVE been raised over the new Ger­man edi­tion of the pop­u­lar web­site YouTube, which is be­ing blamed for host­ing neo-Nazi videos.

YouTube — which al­lows mem­bers to “pub­lish” their own ma­te­rial, free of charge — went on­line with its Ger­man edi­tion on Novem­ber 8. Ob­servers of the far-right scene have al­ready found videos on the site from banned mu­sic groups and films that in­cite ru­mours about sup­posed Jewish con­spir­a­cies.

Stephan Kramer, sec­re­tary gen­eral of the Cen­tral Coun­cil of Ger­man Jews, sug­gested that i f fil­ters func­tion to block child pornog­ra­phy, they should be able to block other il­le­gal ma­te­rial.

The Cen­tral Coun­cil has been joined by other non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions in urg­ing in­ter­net providers to mon­i­tor the con­tent of web­sites and re­move those with banned ma­te­rial.

Mean­while, a group of Ger­man leg­is­la­tors has sug­gested the cre­ation of a multi-party com­mis­sion to in­ves­ti­gate an­tisemitism in Ger­many.

Markus Lön­ing, the cen­tre-right Free Demo­cratic Party’s speaker on Euro­pean pol­icy and head of the party’s Ber­lin fac­tion, said that such an ini­tia­tive could raise aware­ness of the prob­lem on both a lo­cal and na­tional level.

Other par­ties have voiced sup­port, and added their own sug­ges­tions.

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