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Matariki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 12:39 AM
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Google receives request to remove YouTube videos of police brutality
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Zoeisright Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 12:41 AM
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1. Yep - cover it up, erase it, like it never happened!
Just like Soviet Russia.
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Matariki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 12:49 AM
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2. Some very clever developers need to band together
and come up with some an alternative to twitter, facebook and google. You know, just in case. Preferably something that isn't stored in one place.

Like this perhaps: http://chronicle.com/article/Fear-of-Repression-Spurs/1...
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chollybocker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 12:58 AM
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3. 'Anonymous dot com' has a nice ring to it.
;)

Anonymous must have copies of just about everything by now. And just about everything ever.
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JDPriestly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 01:01 AM
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4. To be defamation, a statement or report must be false.
If the videos are false, then maybe they are defamatory, but if the videos are not tampered with and simply reflect what happened, especially if they are made without commentary assessing the events depicted, how in the world can they be defamatory?
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coalition_unwilling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 11:57 AM
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15. Truth is an absolute defense to libel or defamation charges - n/t
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Lasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 01:06 AM
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5. It is very important to note that Google denied the requests to remove the videos.
Good on Google.
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Capitalocracy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 02:09 AM
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10. True. I wonder what will happen when they're no longer requests
but orders.
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Matariki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 11:51 AM
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11. Yes. Glad of that. And that they post the requests.
The page is interesting. You can view requests by type and country as well as trends/upsurges in requests.
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 01:06 AM
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6. The google appears to have said nope, not removing.
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Hutzpa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 01:07 AM
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7. Trying to cover their nasty action
operating above the law. :wow:

This should go viral let everyone know what we are up against.
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tcaudilllg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 01:48 AM
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8. Confederates of Comrade Gadhafi.
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mwooldri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 02:07 AM
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9. Sadly my homeland (UK) doesn't come off too well either.
An awful lot of government requests for Google service information to be removed were done on the grounds of "national security".

However Google says the requests for the police brutality video takedown was declined. Good.
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coalition_unwilling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 11:58 AM
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16. The UK has a 'state secrets' law that conceivably could come
into play, I would think. Not sure what is required for 'state secrets' to be invoked.
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Warren DeMontague Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 11:54 AM
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12. and now we know about that, too.
the so-called 'progressive' authoritarians in a gimungous hurry to censor the internet because they're mad about all the nekkid ladies, would do well to take note.

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AsahinaKimi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 11:56 AM
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13. I don't really find this suprising
As for removal of videos, this is the kind of thing CHINA does... not to mention banning websites like Youtube and others. There are some in our government who probably believe China is on to a good thing.
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Inuca Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 11:56 AM
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14. Interesting, I did not know
that information is available. But you do realize that the data does NOT refer to current events, right? It covers January through June of this year only.
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Matariki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 12:20 PM
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17. Yep. If you click on the "Govenment Requests" link in the left nav
there is more detailed info. It's interesting to note that the requests in the period measured this year have gone up significantly since last year:

United States
We received a request from a local law enforcement agency to remove YouTube videos of police brutality, which we did not remove. Separately, we received requests from a different local law enforcement agency for removal of videos allegedly defaming law enforcement officials. We did not comply with those requests, which we have categorized in this Report as defamation requests.

The number of content removal requests we received increased by 70% compared to the previous reporting period.

The number of user data requests we received increased by 29% compared to the previous reporting period.
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