Nazis invade YouTube
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.