Google Deletes Terrorist Videos. Bad Idea!

Google Deletes Terrorist Videos.  Bad Idea!
This is the world we live in and we can't keep our heads buried in the sand. Sometimes we need to discuss hard topics.

I subscribe a newsletter published by Business Insider. Each day via eMail I receive a list of 10 Things In Tech You Need To Know. I'm not a very tech savvy person but I try to keep up with the happenings of the tech world. The lists are quite good and informative. Very often there are things that are good to know, even if one does not need to know.

This is Number 3 on the list dated November 14, 2017.

    1. Google is deleting videos posted by extremists as part of an ongoing crackdown on terrorist content. The company has removed videos by radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, after governmental pressure to do more to tackle extremism online.
Quite frankly I disagree with this initiative. I applaud them and I am sure Google executives think that they are doing the right thing. But in my humble opinion, the Google folks are practically the gods of the tech world. They should have no problems creating an illusion. Leave the videos online or rather create the appearance that they are online and visible to the public. But in reality, make the videos invisible so they can't be seen by anyone. Make the extremists think their videos can be seen by the masses.

Oh, come on! They have the Darknet and stuff like that!

  • Do you mean to say they can't block the videos and make the terrorists think that the videos are available for recruitment purposes?
Google should not have deleted the terrorist videos. Those videos are a significant piece, on this chess board we call WAR! They are parts of their Bigger Picture. Those videos reflect their plans, their End Game.

Agree or Disagree.



That's a great idea

You've got a great idea here. And it's actually being used by Reddit. It's called getting shadow banned. If you're shadow banned on reddit, you can still post stuff like videos, pictures and links, you can see your posts and the posts of others, but what you don't know is that others can't see your posts. It's like you don't exist to others if you are shadow banned. I think Google can do this too. But for some. Reasons, they just opted to delete them all. Maybe they have a good reason for doing that.
Posted by limberg on 11-14-2017
I knew it could be done. I just didn't know that it's called "shadow banned". Now I know!

The deletion won't make a difference

Anyway, there is so much massively violent content on the net that it's beyond belief. For instance, after the Charlottesville attack in Virginia, USA, white supremacist sites were surging with praises of the woman who died's death. Anyway, though, that language is normal on there. They always have and are talking like that (no matter how offensive or threatening you may feel it is). How is it possible to ban that?
Posted by jyy on 11-15-2017
Well! Back in the day, we used to burn books. These days we delete videos. Nothing new under the sun,

Deleting does change anything

It doesn't work. It just makes the terrorists find new ways to get their message out. What should be done is to make the videos inaccessible to the general public. Without the terrorists knowing what has happened.

In forums, there is an addon which turns a renegade user into a ghost. What happens is that nobody, other than admin, can see his posts. Of course, he can see his own posts. So he will continue trolling and spewing filth, without reaching anyone at all.

I am sure something similar can be applied to those terrorist videos.

Posted by Aree on 12-03-2017



Not really

They might have stupid beliefs but I don't they think they are that stupid. How would Google know which users to allow to view it because they were the content creators? It would just be a bad system. This is a much better system because it stops videos from being spread on the internet and it may help stop this stupid belief spreading.
Posted by kingcool52 on 11-14-2017

Bad image

Allowing it would only bring the company a bad image so I can understand why they did it really. I can understand where you're coming from but it's not that simple
Posted by Marvadaum on 11-14-2017


I strongly agree with the fact that these types of videos should be deleted because I can't see any aspect of positivity related to their availability to the population in general.

This kind of material should be extremely confidential.

Posted by wiseagent on 11-15-2017

It may remain confidential.

For me, Google made the right decision. Terrorist videos must delete immediately. This must be remain confidential and must not be open to the public. Especially the videos that is so violent. I think there will be more problem if it leak. So keeping it a secret is a good one. And also Google just provide us the information we must get. Let the government handle that terrorists videos.
Posted by blank629 on 11-15-2017

Promoting violence isn't wise obviously

I don't think any sane person would agree that terrorist videos should be allowed on public channels for all to see. Why? It's not freedom of speech, it's committing a crime just as videos of how to murder a person would be taken down.

It's also called inciting which is illegal because it can and does brainwash simple minds, and can lead to unnecessary deaths.

Posted by Alexa on 11-15-2017

Don't agree.

No. Just no in every way. I have a zero tolerance view when it comes to extremists and their content. You're asking Google to put work into something that is entirely unnecessary. I say take down the videos and be done with it then and there. I'm no Sun Tzu but I see no strategic advantage in making terrorist leaders believe their videos are up. On the other hand, if you take their videos down it will frustrate them into looking for different outlets, and you can then hunt them down there as well until they are either left with no platform or make a crucial mistake and get themselves neutralized.
Posted by Denis_P on 11-15-2017

Good Move

Deleting the video is a good move. And it reduces the impact of mental terrorism in the eyes of the people. And it can be always helping people understand how the terrorism can affect. So deleting such videos is a good move.
Posted by overcast on 11-20-2018


Deleting the videos was the best thing that Google did. Terrorists are wise, and they know that through videos, they will influence a good number of people who would like to join them.

Also, through videos, some gangs will take actions and learn more tactics of becoming firm and dangerous.

Posted by Focusedwriter10 on 11-17-2018


its a good idea or decision, because we all need to be protected from terrorist attack in any form whether it is from bombs, guns or even from the internet it is all good for the innocent people. We need security from all aspects of our lives, so what google has done is the right decision in the right direction.
Posted by babyright on 11-14-2017
I am really torn between those bad videos because that is where we can see the reality. However, I am also alarmed that those videos are actually propaganda so it can be a tool to advance the cause of those terrorists. Perhaps Google did right in deleting those videos. They just want to play it safe until they find a good enough reason to let those videos be in the internet.
Posted by Corzhens on 07-08-2018
I think Google has done the right thing. Why are we letting the terrorist to get their messages to the masses? If there are terrorist videos, more people will watch them. People who do not differenciate between the right and the wrong might be inspired by these videos, and the number of terrorists might increase. The best way to tackle terriorism is by stopping them to communicate through the internet.
Posted by vinaya on 11-14-2017
Definitively, I think the right thing to do is to eliminate them. Why do we have to let terrorism gets into everything? On one side, people say we need to stop terrorism, but on the other one people complain about deleting the videos. Seriously, as long as we can't agree as a unity, we will still be exposed to it. Of course, by deleting the videos we are not eliminating the thread, but we are making them see we are against that, and we deserve to check social media free from all those terrible lethal messages.
Posted by ballyhara on 11-14-2017
The videos might be against Google policies and what they stand for and of course these might be automated to be deleted as soon as they're posted and that was what happened exactly. I think it was the best decision such videos shouldn't be allowed for a moment
Posted by lovely on 11-14-2017
It's not good to watch their videos because they're just looking for sympathizers by releasing their videos to show them how terrible person they are. It's not a good thing to see your fellow countrymen died in front of you by watching their videos. Google definitely did a good job, not to show it in public but still keep the video for a reference just in case the government needs it for their investigation and for the evidence.
Posted by ColdFlameChris on 11-14-2017
Loving the feedback I'm getting. I thought people might be afraid to even address the topic and speak out. I'm in the USA. It's good to hear points of view from other parts of the world.
Posted by foxchannel on 11-14-2017
I agree. It's part of history and censorship on Youtube is a slippery slope once it has started which unfortunately seems like it has. They seem to be making small steps toward a bad direction since they also just fired an employee for writing a memo that was controversial yet respectful and merely stating his mind. If this is the direction they are moving in then I hope competition for them arrives soon because obviously they don't have enough of a foundation to remain neutral as they always made it seem.
Posted by Wubwub on 11-15-2017
I believe it is a good initiative. To be honest, I have watched some of those extremists videos and I feel sick. Moreover, many of those videos actually encouraged others to join those terrorists. Moreover, those videos may tempt others to engage in terrorism.
Posted by Pixie on 11-15-2017
Google deleting terrorist video or any other content is going against their first principles, this means anything could happen from now on.
Posted by joey98 on 11-15-2017
Although the decision of deleting the bad video is a good move, it does not reduce the terrorist action either but it will reduce the teens and young adults from watching them and practice in real life.
Posted by peachpurple on 11-16-2017
I disagree with your comment. Why should Google babysit terrorists? Why should they be made to think they are getting their message across?It should be made clear to them that inciting people to commit terrorism is wrong, and if they post such messages they will be deleted. Google is not playing God. They are a private company who are free to accept or reject people's content. It's not a right to post on Google, It's a privilege. In this case, when they weigh the right to life versus the right to free speech, I think they decide(rightly in my opinion) that the right to life takes precedence. Thumbs up to Google!
Posted by jaymish on 11-16-2017
I think the videos should be deleted because those who are of that mindset might think they were cool or something and could be used as a recruitment tool. These should be thrown out like trash. I don't think these videos should be shown.
Posted by kgord on 11-16-2017
You are right. Showing the videos is a tactic that the terrorists were using to attract more people to join them. Also, this might be a way of motivating those who have been willing to join or start gangs that are similar to terrorists.
Posted by Focusedwriter10 on 11-17-2018
I think not only terrorist videos, but any violent act should be banned from the internet. Unfortunately people take advantage of anonymity to do absurd things on the internet. I think all these acts should be investigated and those responsible should be punished. Unfortunately human beings do not know how to use the resources they have and the internet is one of those resources that is often used in the wrong way, that is, to spread evil.
Posted by hermessantos on 11-17-2017
It's Google's servers, their property and we're just allowed to use it within their terms as a privilege. If people are gonna post stuff then Google can and will remove it at whatever whim they want to. It's not the government and so technically 'free speech' isn't protected. If they feel that they don't want want certain stuff promoted then that's their prerogative, there's lots of super right wingers bitching that they're banned on FB and stuff- well then start your own site and do it from there. Nobody's stopping anybody from doing that. It's a privilege to use FB or Google's own websites that uses their electricity, man power for upkeep of the servers, sites and more and bandwidth and general maintenance of all their facilities. I don't like FB personally but I'm not dumb enough to get my stuff banned cause I know how these companies work and I know that stuff like the 1st Amendment doesn't apply to the private sector.
Posted by Rhodolite on 11-25-2017
It's a great idea deleting terrorists' images, write-ups or videos from the web. Looking at most of the videos released by terrorists, youths get polluted and their attentions get driven from the main focus of life. Recently, I heard about youths in an African nation whereby youths are wilfully joining the insurgents because of the financial advantage. They believe they are going to make money doing things against humanity. Google is really doing a wonderful job by deleting images or videos posted by terrorists.
Posted by potentialwriter on 12-11-2017
Most of the images these terrorists publish on the internet have caused a lot of agitations and have encouraged youth participation as well. Since youths were already jobless, they see joining this evil group as an opportunity to become violent against humanity and get further encouraged by those videos and images being published by these terrorists. So, it's good to see Google delete their images and videos.
Posted by potentialwriter on 12-12-2017
I am torn in this issue because deleting a content is a form of censorship and I don’t approve of that. What if Google would be encroaching on other issues like politics? That censorship, no matter the reason, is still not right because it is like being a dictator and they can use their platform for any other means. Isn’t there an issue that Russia had meddled in the US election by using the social media? That’s my point. The act of censoring or filtering the contents of a social platform can lead to a more serious issue.
Posted by Corzhens on 02-04-2018
I think it's reasonable to have the deletion of videos. I'd be in favor of deletion because by deleting such videos you can control how the youth gets affected by the same. It's better that way to understand that such videos create more problem as well. That's what I have noticed so far.
Posted by overcast on 11-20-2018