YouTube lets vile st ab vest film stay on­line ‘be­cause it en­hances safety’

But the Home Se­cret ary in­sists videos ‘en­cour­age ex­trem­ists to com­mit acts of vi­o­lence’

The Mail on Sunday - - News - By Si­mon Mur­phy and An­drew Young

WEB gi­ant YouTube has de­fied calls to take down a sick­en­ing video show­ing how to pen­e­trate a stab vest be­cause it claims it will en­hance safety.

The as­ton­ish­ing re­fusal comes af­ter Home Sec­re­tary Am­ber Rudd re­vealed a ter­ror plot had been in­spired by on­line videos show­ing how to at­tack some­one who is wear­ing a stab vest.

The YouTube clip shows how to plunge a knife through a pro­tec­tive vest sim­i­lar to the one worn by West­min­ster ter­ror vic­tim PC Keith Palmer.

In April, The Mail on Sun­day ex­posed how the video was avail­able lit­tle more than a week af­ter ter­ror­ist Khalid Ma­sood mounted the pave­ment in a hired car in March – killing three peo­ple plus a fourth who died two weeks later – be­fore mur­der­ing PC Palmer.

Af­ter the MoS alerted YouTube own­ers Google, the video was re­moved. But just two weeks later the footage was re­posted un­der a slightly dif­fer­ent name on YouTube.

And now the com­pany is re­fus­ing to re­move it, be­cause the film­maker says he is only ex­pos­ing safety weak­nesses.

Last night, a YouTube spokes­woman said: ‘ Along­side our cam­paign to pre­vent abuse of our plat­form by those that seek to do harm, we must also pro­tect the free­doms of peo­ple who don’t, and where con­tent does not cross the line and is clear in its in­ten­tion, it stays up.’ On a visit to the US last week to rally sup­port for her cam­paign to com­bat ex­trem­ist on­line con­tent, Ms Rudd re­vealed: ‘This sum­mer we man­aged to dis­rupt a plot that in­volved an in­di­vid­ual learn­ing how to get through a stab vest from on­line videos.

‘Luck­ily he was caught be­fore he was able to ful­fil this ter­ri­ble vi­sion but it was in­struc- tive to know where he got his in­for­ma­tion from.’ Last night, Rudd told the MoS: ‘It is pre­cisely videos of this na­ture that can en­cour­age Bri­tish ex­trem­ists to com­mit acts of vi­o­lence. The in­ter­net must not be used as a plat­form for ma­te­rial that in­spires ter­ror­ism.’

Yvette Cooper, Labour MP and chair of the Home Af­fairs Se­lect Com­mit­tee, said: ‘Google needs to act to stop videos which clearly demon­strate how to carry out vi­o­lent at­tacks be­ing avail­able on their plat­forms. How many times do we have to say the same thing be­fore they act?

‘Given this is one of the big­gest and rich­est com­pa­nies in the world there is no ex­cuse for this ma­te­rial not to be speed­ily iden­ti­fied and re­moved.’

The film, Re­u­pload: The For­bid­den ‘Stab Proof Vest’ Video, is made by Ger­man weapons ob­ses­sive Jörg Sprave. Asked yes­ter­day whether it was re­spon­si­ble of him to re­post the video, he replied: ‘ Yes. My video does not show how to stab through a well-made vest, like the mod­els is­sued to the po­lice.

‘It shows how you can pierce a fairly cheap vest and clearly shows this pop­u­lar prod­uct does not of­fer suf­fi­cient pro­tec­tion.’

‘There is no ex­cuse for this ma­te­rial’

SICK­EN­ING: How we ex­posed the orig­i­nal video, which was briefly taken down then re­posted

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