Friends on Facebook are reporting that videos of the mass demonstrations taking place across much of the world are being taken down from YouTube after Google agreed to requests from national governments.
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This stands in stark contrast to YouTube refusing to delete the Innocence of Muslims film clips which sparked Islamic protests across much of the Muslim world.
The largest public protests, rallies, and demonstrations that the world has ever seen are happening with almost no media coverage. Not only is there a blackout on these events in the media, but YouTube is frequently removing footage of these mass rallies and events when requested to do so by governments:
‘Google, the owner of YouTube, has complied with the majority of requests from governments, particularly in the United States and the UK, not only to remove You Tube videos, but also specific web search terms and thousands of “data requests,” meaning demands for information that would reveal the true identity of a You Tube user.’ These events are truly inspiring and should be front page news! Yet mainstream media is working with governments to keep people uninformed and dis-empowered.
Police and prosecutors in the UK have been accused of being “incredibly heavy-handed” when dealing with online trolls and abusive messages.
It follows several cases where young people have been arrested, fined or jailed after posting insulting comments on their Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Campaign groups and experts from Oxford University say the punishments are heavier than in other countries.
Paul Chambers, 28, was fined £1,000 for tweeting “joke” about blowing up airport in Sheffield. The verdict was overturned in June 2012 BBC
According to the Campaign Against Censorship, jokes or sarcasm are often misread, especially when people only have 140 characters.
Index, which campaigns for freedom of expression, say such cases are “silly” and the police only pursue them because they are “easy prosecutions”.