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posted by janrinok on Friday March 14 2014, @04:07PM   Printer-friendly
from the thin-end-of-the-wedge dept.

Angry Jesus writes:

"The Irish Times reports that Google has given high level censorship powers to government security agencies in the UK.

Google has given British security officials special permissions for its YouTube video site, allowing them to have content instantly reviewed if they think that it threatens national security. They already had the power to request removal illegal content, now they can flag legal but "unsavory" content en masse.

They are in part a response to a blitz from UK security authorities to persuade internet service providers, search engines and social media sites to censor more of their own content for extremist material even if it does not always break existing laws."

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  • (Score: 5, Interesting) by PReDiToR on Friday March 14 2014, @04:26PM

    by PReDiToR (3834) on Friday March 14 2014, @04:26PM (#16487) Homepage

    It won't be long until there is a big red button on the bottom of every web page at GCHQ for instant delisting from search engines and ISP level filtering.


    Do not meddle in the affairs of geeks for they are subtle and quick to anger.
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  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by n1 on Friday March 14 2014, @05:18PM

    by n1 (993) on Friday March 14 2014, @05:18PM (#16520) Journal

    I really don't know why your comment was modded funny... It seems prophetic or at least insightful. Unless it's funny because it's already assumed to be the case.

  • (Score: 2) by isostatic on Friday March 14 2014, @06:18PM

    by isostatic (365) on Friday March 14 2014, @06:18PM (#16548) Journal

    With their ties to the ISP and Hadrian's firewall, they could do it with a greasemonkey script