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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: 3) by tangomargarine on Friday March 14 2014, @08:36PM

    by tangomargarine (667) on Friday March 14 2014, @08:36PM (#16618)

    This would be awesome if Google just told its employees to default-deny all flags unless the video contained something obviously blatantly illegal.

    Sigh...a man can dream...

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