By BB Portnoy
An antisemitic YouTube video titled “Jews admit organizing White Genocide” does not constitute hate speech, a top Google executive told British lawmakers on Tuesday, according to a Times of London report.
While the video — narrated by ex-Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke — is “deeply offensive and shocking,” it does not violate YouTube rules against hate speech and will remain on the site, Google Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs Peter Barron (Google owns YouTube) said at a House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee hearing.
The hearing, the report said, marked the start of a parliamentary inquiry into online hate. Representatives of Facebook and Twitter also spoke before the committee.
Committee Chairwoman Yvette Cooper — a Labour MP — was quoted as asking Barron about the David Duke video, “How on earth is that not a breach of your own guidelines? I think most people would be appalled by that video and think it goes against all standards of public decency in this country.”
Barron said the video — which was uploaded in October 2015 and has garnered more than 92,000 views — was “right on the borderline.”
A Campaign Against Antisemitism report on Tuesday’s hearing quoted Cooper as stating, “We’ve seen too many cases of vile online hate crimes, harassment or threats where social media companies have failed to act. It cannot be beyond the wit and means of multi-billion dollar social media companies like Twitter, Facebook, and Google to develop ways to better protect users from hatred and abuse.”
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