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YouTube has removed thousands of videos from extremist cleric Anwar al-Awlaki

14 November 2017, 02:18 | Edward Lowe

REUTERS Eric Gaillard

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The American-born Awlaki, who died in a US drone strike in Yemen in 2011, remained an influential voice for Islamic extremists online, even more so after his death.

YouTube is now blocking most of those videos with a combination of automatic and human reviewers, the New York Times reported Sunday.

YouTube has removed thousands of propaganda videos from late al-Qaeda-linked cleric Anwar al-Awlaki amid mounting pressure from governments and counterterrorism advocates.

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In 2010, Google removed hundreds of the radical cleric's videos that directly advocated violence after the conviction of Roshonara Choudhry for attempting to kill British MP Stephen Timms.

Counterterrorism proponents and governments have expressed concerns that Awlaki's videos, as well as other forms of Islamist propaganda, could fuel homegrown extremism.

YouTube has reportedly banned almost 70,000 videos depicting lectures by Anwar al-Awlaki, an extremist jihadist who exhorted Muslims to kill Americans. The officials told the Times that while their rules prohibit videos that incite terrorism, removing all of al Awlaki's videos is a special case. He was also cited as an influence in numerous terrorist attacks over the years, including the ones at Fort hood, the Boston Marathon and San Bernardino among others.

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In the past few months, Google has been actively keeping a check on YouTube content.

Terror organizations such as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have used online platforms to recruit and radicalize people across the world. "You just don't want to make it easy for people to listen to a guy who wants to harm us".

While Juniper Downs, YouTube's global director of public policy, noted this week that such measures could make it more hard for certain videos to gain an audience, I believe there's greater merit in creating a space that's free of extremist content and safer for people across the world to use.

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