Google says hate film is OK
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.