A “hate speech” policy developed to counter the Islamic State’s (ISIS) murderous propaganda is now being used to silence critics of Islamic terrorism.
If the video below gets taken down, you can see it HERE
Counterjihad YouTube has pulled that video declaring it a violation of its “hate speech” policy. The irony is that the video was appreciated by Muslim reformers such as CounterJihad’s own Shireen Qudosi, who pointed out that to reformers like her it was actually helpful speech.
We spoke with Jim Hanson, Executive Vice President of the Center for Security Policy and the official in charge of the video’s production. “I am stunned,” he said, “that the policy that YouTube developed for the express purpose of fighting Islamic State propaganda is now being used to silence critics of radical jihad.”
He pointed out that this means that supporters of groups like the Islamic State (ISIS) have managed to turn YouTube’s own policies against it. “Instead of counteracting radical propaganda online,” Hanson said, “these policies are now being used to silence the very speech that YouTube said it wanted — speech that challenges ISIS.”
Shireen Qudosi, a Muslim reformer who works for CounterJihad, criticized YouTube’s decision to pull the video.
“YouTube’s removal of CounterJihad’s factual analysis of the threat of ISIS and radical Islam is a devastating blow against credible counter-terrorism efforts,” Ms. Qudosi told CounterJihad. “No company or individual can legitimately say they support free speech and at the same time set up blockades against the very people doing the work necessary to counter the ideology.”