Google Banning Videos With Guns/Knives Intimidation In The U.K.

Posted Sep 22, 2008

Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) will be removing any videos that contain any form of intimidation through the use of guns and knives from their video site and from  This is the first time that YouTube has made a policy change specifically for the U.K. 

“We recognize that there has been particular concern over videos in the UK that involve showing weapons with the aim of intimidation” stated a YouTube spokesman.  There has been an increase in concern about violent gun and knife related crimes in the U.K. 

This isn’t the first time that social media was blamed for weapon-related crimes.  In July, sensationalist newspaper, Sun U.K. blamed Facebook application, Superpoke for a violent epidemic taking place because the application had a way to virtually “shank” friends. 

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