In ‘watershed moment,’ YouTube blocks extremist cleric’s message

Extremist Anwar al-Awlaki was a leading terrorist recruiter until his death in 2011. Even after his death, videos of his talks inspired many terrorist acts. Until now, YouTube has allowed hundreds of videos of his hatred-spewing. Now, a large number of his propaganda has been removed from YouTube, reports Scott Shane for the New York Times.

Earlier this fall, more than 70,000 of al-Awlaki’s videos could be found on YouTube. Now there are 18,600, most of which are news articles or articles from scholars arguing against his beliefs.

“’It’s a watershed moment on the question of whether we’re going to allow the unchecked proliferation of cyberjihad,’ commented the Counter Extremism Project’s CEO, Mark D. Wallace.

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