from the if-it-bleeds-it-leads dept.
Asian Image reports that a campaign has been launched on Twitter urging people not to share a video purporting to show the murder of James Foley and thousands of ordinary users from around the world have backed the plan to deny IS publicity in horror at the horrific beheading footage, using the hashtag #ISISmediablackout. Twitter's chief executive Dick Costolo said the firm was taking action against accounts which spread the video. Still images from the video were removed from Twitter. Some individuals, including Al Jazeera America’s Wajahat Ali, said sharing the images of Foley’s apparent death on social media played into the militant group’s hands while others users suggested journalists “have a responsibility” to report murder.
The video of Foley’s purported killing was initially posted on YouTube, but taken down shortly afterward. Some criticized YouTube for not taking the video down quickly enough. "It's lucky that video didn't have a unlicensed Katy Perry song as a soundtrack or it would've been deleted from YouTube in seconds," wrote Tom Gara. A YouTube spokesperson would not say how long the video had remained posted on the site. The spokesperson said the company had "clear policies that prohibit content like gratuitous violence, hate speech and incitement to commit violent acts, and we remove videos violating these policies when flagged by our users".