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YouTube Crackdown Removes Thousands of Videos from Radicalized Cleric

What happened?

After pressure from the government, YouTube has backed down on its stance that the Google-owned company isn’t responsible for user content. The site has removed a trove of videos with talks from Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born Muslim cleric who became radicalized while he lived in London.

How many videos were removed?

Awlaki was put on the terrorist kill list under President Barack Obama and was killed in a drone strike along with three other Al Qaeda members in Yemen in 2011. After his death, his followers celebrated him as a martyr and posted more and more of his videos on YouTube, making him the internet’s top English-language jihadist recruiter.

This fall, the site held more than 70,000 videos with Awlaki’s work; after YouTube’s purge, searching his name only brings up around 18,000 videos, most of which deal with news reports about his death and other tangential material.

Can people simply re-upload them?

In theory, no. YouTube says that human reviewers must flag videos to start the process, but once they’re banned, a digital function will automatically delete more uploads of the same clip.

Glenn’s take:  

It’s great that Google and YouTube are finally taking steps to stop terrorist rhetoric from spreading on the video platform, but they must continue to be held accountable.

“We need to keep an eye on this,” Glenn said.

This article provided courtesy of TheBlaze.

GLENN: Okay. I'm concerned about Google and YouTube because Google is becoming people's news source. They've just hired 1,000 reporters and journalists. And -- and this isn't necessarily good. Because they're starting to control everything.

YouTube is owned by Google. And it really needs to get its priorities straight. And we need to keep an eye on this.

The company is finally taking steps to block the late Anwar al-Awlaki's videos that preach jihad against Americans. They have received complaints from over a decade. But YouTube is taking this major recruitment tool for terrorists and getting rid of it, which is a good thing.

But why are they now doing it? Why now?

Facebook, Twitter, and Google, which is YouTube's parent company, got called into the principal's office last week on Capitol Hill, where they were reprimanded for allowing Russia to exploit their services to mess with the US election.

But the problem of jihadist videos on YouTube has been around for much longer. This jihad propaganda influenced the terrorists who attacked Fort Hood, the Boston Marathon, San Bernardino, Orlando, and many of the attacks in Europe.

Six years after al-Awlaki was killed in a US drone strike in Yemen, his videos remained the top English language jihadist recruitment tool. A few weeks ago, a search turned up 70,000 results on YouTube. Seventy thousand videos.

Now, it's only 18,600 videos. And most of them supposedly are just news reports and commentary about him. No longer his rants about killing Americans.

YouTube is using its video finger printing technology to find and block al-Awlaki's videos. This could be a major turning point in policy, because YouTube and other social media companies have usually argued that they're just neutral platforms. And no responsibility at all for what anybody posts.

Well, okay. But are you consistent? For a technology company, YouTube was seriously slow to get to this point.

They made their first public commitment to block videos like al-Awlaki's in 2010. And yet, even his famous 12-minute call to jihad sermon was available on YouTube until 2016.

Now, here's why I say they have to get their priorities right: YouTube restricted several Prager University videos that informed viewers about Islamic extremism, as if they contained controversial views.

Ironically, YouTube is now blocking al-Awlaki's jihadist messages, the very kind of extremism that Prager University's video exposed. It is just another example of how the left trips on its own shoelaces every single day.

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How the WHO's 'pandemic treaty' could CONTROL governments

On May 22nd, the World Health Assembly — which is the governing body of The World Health Organization — will meet in Switzerland to discuss next steps for its ‘pandemic treaty [and its] quest to use public health to expand The WHO’s power over sovereign states,’ Daniel Horowitz reports for TheBlaze. He explains how certain amendments to be added to this treaty could ‘allow the director-general of the WHO to declare a public health emergency in a country and unilaterally coerce its citizens to take certain actions.’ The far-left and global elite continue to destroy our sovereignty, Glenn says, and this is just one more step toward their desired global government.

Read more: https://www.theblaze.com/op-ed/horowitz-states-mus...

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Below is a rush transcript that may contain errors

GLENN: I read some stuff this morning. I've been doing some research on what's happening with the WHO. And I read their stuff today, that will make your head explode. And is really evil and important.

But let me give you this today, from -- from Daniel Horowitz at TheBlaze. States must preemptively nullify any WHO international pandemic regulation.

I'm going to read it verbatim because it's just so well-written. And now is the time, that things are shifting. We're going to. There's going to be a New World Order out there. And we've got to lead it. And we have to unite the rest of the free world in doing it. That's Joe Biden. March 21st, 2022.

Any Republican that is running without mentioning your intent to fight the global pandemic treaty or regulations, might as well run as a Democrat. This is really super important, and it is beginning to happen next week. On May 22nd, the world health assembly, the governing body of the World Health Organization, is going to meet in Geneva Switzerland to discuss the next step in its pandemic treaty. And the quest to use public health to expand the WHO's power over sovereign states. Representatives from 193 nations, including the US, will be attending the only country, not invited is Taiwan.

Gee, I wonder why. So what is this treaty? On January 24th, 2022, the director general of the WHO explained the treaty was a priority, to urgently strength the WHO, as leading and the director authority on global health, at the center of the global health architecture. He laid out the guiding principle of this plot. We, quote, all want a world in which science triumphs over misinformation. Solidarity triumphs over division. And equity is a reality, not an aspiration. He said, we are one world, we have one health. We are one WHO.

Now, this has not been announced. Biden has not even spoken about it. They are deathly quiet about this. But they're going to be approving amendments. The proposed amendments are essentially going to allow the director general of the WHO to declare public health emergencies in any country. And unilaterally coerce its citizens to take certain actions. Here's one of the amendments, a critical section from article nine. The WHO shall consult with and attempt to obtain verification from the state party, whose territory the event is allegedly occurring. But this is the way it's going to read. Now, WHO may take into account, reports from sources of other than notifications or consultations -- consultations shall assess these reports, according to established principles. And then communicate information on the event, to the state party, in whose territory the event is allegedly occurring.

Now, they have scratched out, before taking any action based on reports, the WHO shall consult with and attempt to obtain verification from the state party. That's all gone. They're taking that out.

So WHO gets information, has reports, and they can act without verifying with the president or anybody else.

Why would you be erasing the requirement, for the WHO to consult with the government?

Number four. If the state party does not accept the offer of collaboration within 48 hours, WHO, it used to say, May. It now says, WHO shall -- when justified by the magnitude of public health risk, immediately share with other state parties, the information available, whilst encouraging the state party to accept the offer of collaboration, by the WHO. It used to say there, while taking into accounts the views of the state party concerned.

So they're erasing all of our sovereignty. This is going to be another thing. They're going to say, is a conspiracy theory. It is not. You can look it all up. It is the world health agenda. From the World Health Organization. They are meeting in Geneva, on May 22nd. So that's next week. They are intentionally quiet on this.

Because they know the power. Now, we also know what the WHO is. You remember, when everybody was saying, we have to get out of the WHO.

They're just a tool of China. Why would you say that?

Forget that I mentioned that Taiwan is the only country that is not invited to this in Geneva.

PAT: Yeah. That's completely -- completely irrelevant.

GLENN: Completely. Amen, brother.

PAT: I don't even know why you brought it up in the first place.

GLENN: Thank you. Thank you.

PAT: It's a good thing they weren't actually -- I wish we weren't invited to it.

GLENN: Well, I will tell you this. Another reason why Donald Trump. They fought so hard to keep him out: Because he wouldn't have --

PAT: He sure wouldn't have. That's exactly right.

GLENN: He wouldn't have empowered the WHO.

PAT: Well, he took us out of the WHO.

GLENN: That's exactly right. And this president is not only putting us back, they're taking away our sovereignty.

And so it's one more piece to the global governance of the left. Warning.