Tuesday, November 27, 2007
This is troubling - evidently Google doesn't bend over just for China. YouTube has censored a video by a human rights activist in Egypt showing the torture by the local police. This was supposed to be the great promise of the Internet - the ability to share not only the meaningless garbage that fill the bandwidth, but to expose and educate. And yet YouTube decided that it wasn't up to that mission. Of course, as Michael Goldfarb at the Weekly Standard pointed out, YouTube had no trouble showing graphic videos of the Abu Gharib scandal. That was the right decision - after posting a warning and ensuring that viewers were over 18 years old, YouTube allowed you to see the videos. We don't need Big Brother censoring us, and we certainly don't need corporate America doing so! Shame on you, Google!