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Vehl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 04:32 PM
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Google Refuses to Remove Police-Brutality Videos
Edited on Thu Oct-27-11 04:33 PM by Vehl

Google's latest Transparency Report contains this tantalizing bit:

" 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. "

Good on Google. This report, reflecting the months from January to June of this year, sets an important precedent, one that is surely relevant as videos of violent police behavior from the Occupy protests grow in number and play counts. With this report, Google seems to be indicating that users who post such videos have the company's protection. In places like Egypt and Tunisia, the spread of videos portraying government brutality seems to have galvanized protesters. If Google were to take down such videos, that could have a powerful detrimental effect on the Occupy movement.

more here
http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2011/10/g... /


Good work by Google!.
Apparently the vast majority of the requests from law enforcement agencies did not have a court order behind them. I'm sure a lot of pissed off Law enforcement folks simply tried to browbeat/threaten Google into removing the police Brutality videos, to no avail.


The Data can be found at the Transparency report page by Google
http://www.google.com/transparencyreport/
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efhmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 04:45 PM
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1. Good on them.
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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 04:58 PM
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3. They can run, but they can't hide. It is too late to hide those videos. They are viral. n/t
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dixiegrrrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 04:55 PM
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2. It's not like copies of the video haven't been downloaded by millions already.
I am keeping LOTS of OWS/anonymous videos. These are historic!
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lunatica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 04:59 PM
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4. great idea!
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dixiegrrrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 05:24 PM
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6. I take it for granted that information/news/history will be "disappeared".
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a simple pattern Donating Member (426 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 05:03 PM
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5. Good for Google.
I thought they weren't not evil anymore. This is happy news.
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Vehl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 07:33 PM
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7. Yep
They still seem to stick with some of their core belief's.

One more reason why I will choose Google over Apple any day (apart from that fact that they also make the super Awesome Android OS and give it for free :D )
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