Google says hate film is OK

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY DANIEL SUGARMAN

GOOGLE HAS been ac­cused of “car­ing lit­tle about an­ti­semitism” after a com­pany ex­ec­u­tive was left strug­gling to ex­plain to MPs why a video that he ad­mit­ted was “an­tisemitic, deeply of­fen­sive and shock­ing” had not been taken down.

The film, ti­tled “Jews ad­mit or­gan­is­ing White geno­cide”, was pub­lished on YouTube by David Duke, a for­mer Ku Klux Klan leader. Google, which owns the video-shar­ing site, had de­clined to re­move it.

Peter Bar­ron, vice-pres­i­dent of com­mu­ni­ca­tions and pub­lic af­fairs for Google Europe, told the House of Com­mons’ Home Af­fairs Se­lect Com­mit­tee that the video was “ab­hor­rent”.

He con­tin­ued: “The ques­tion is — and it’s an im­por­tant ques­tion re­lated to the wider is­sue of free­dom of ex­pres­sion — is that con­tent il­le­gal and does it break our guide­lines?”

“And the pol­icy and le­gal ex­perts ar­rived at the con­clu­sion that no, it didn’t.” The video, which can still be found on YouTube, in­cludes a ref­er­ence to “kosher Hol­ly­wood me­dia” and ac­cuses Jews of di­vid­ing so­ci­ety so “they can weaken and con­trol it”.

Yvette Cooper MP, the head of the com­mit­tee, pointed out that YouTube’s guide­lines said it was “not ac­cept­able to post ma­li­cious com­ments about a group of peo­ple solely based on their race.”

She said the video “didn’t just vi­o­late YouTube’s com­mu­nity stan­dards, but also the stan­dards of com­mon de­cency.”

A spokesper­son for the Com­mu­nity Se­cu­rity Trust told the JC: “The video is in­tended to in­cite an­ti­semitism.

“The now very pub­lic fail­ure to re­move it sends a mes­sage that such com­pa­nies care very lit­tle about an­ti­semitism, re­gard­less of what that means for Jews.”

On the same day, Google an­nounced it was us­ing 10,000 con­trac­tors in a push to en­sure that search re­sults for top­ics in­clud­ing “did the Holo­caust hap­pen” did not bring up links to hate or con­spir­acy web­sites.

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