When Censorship Makes Sense: How YouTube Should Police Hate Speech
Late last week, Google yanked “The Innocence of Muslims,” from YouTube [part of Google] in Egypt, Libya and some other Muslim nations. By that point,...[four] Americans were already dead in Libya, while riots raged across the Middle East...Should Google pull videos from YouTube just because they make people angry and violent? Google was, in my view, right to suspend the video...A special team within Google, after a video is flagged, decides whether its content guidelines have been violated...A better course would be to try to create a process that relies on a community [forum], either of regional experts or the serious users of YouTube...[which] would aim for a rough consensus. Such a system would be an early-warning signal that might have prevented riots in the first place...It might get messy at times, but..., at some level, Google is trying to create a free speech jurisprudence, a project that the [US] Supreme Court spent much of the 20th century working on. And that’s not easy, even for Google.