OPERATION (YOUTUBE

WTF ARE YOU DOING!) SMACKDOWN


May 16, 2008

Unleashing a New Weapon Against the Cyber-jihad

Today we unveil our latest weapon in the fight against YouTube terrorists. We know how valuable your time is, so we wanted to make it even easier for you to participate in the YouTube SMACKDOWN.

To that end, it is with great pleasure that we announce:

jihadi SMACKDOWN of the day

A new tool to help get terrorist recruiting videos off of YouTube. The idea is simple, we will post one video a day. All you need to do is subscribe through your favorite feed reader or sign up to receive a once a day email containing the targeted video. When you receive the notification, simply click the link and flag the video.

If you would like to help promote jihadi SMACKDOWN of the day, email the page to your friends and family. You can also embed the feed into your website, blog, or social networking page.

7 comments:

Lan Astaslem said...

The spring widget feed works great!

I put a playlis of zoma1 on my channel. its not on the top of ths list but can be reached by clicking all playlist or you can put this in the URL box.

http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=4A1724917FA6249A

Svinrod said...

Andrea,
Great idea and great widget. You are a cyber-army all by yourself. I hope everyone in the Smackdown project appreciates how much time and energy that you have devoted to the cause. I humbly salute all those that have taken this project to heart and helped it to spread.
Those vermin who would use the American right to free speech to undermine that very freedom are the lowest form of vermin. We shall bury them.
Onward Ravens, to the ends of the world, onward!
Svin

Cannoneer No. 4 said...

Senator urges Google to remove terrorist-made YouTube videos

U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman on Monday said Google Inc. is not thorough enough in removing YouTube videos that he says are used by al-Qaida and other terrorist organizations to spread propaganda and recruit followers.

Lieberman, who chairs the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, wrote to Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt to complain that YouTube is not enforcing its own guidelines against showing graphic and gratuitous violence.

YouTube Videos produced by al-Qaida "show attacks on U.S. forces in which American soldiers are injured and, in some cases, killed," Lieberman's letter said.

A Google spokesman said the company has removed about 80 videos that violated YouTube's restrictions on gratuitous violence and hate speech following discussions with the senator's staff last week.

The spokesman said it's difficult to prescreen the hundreds of thousands of videos uploaded to YouTube everyday. Instead, the site relies on users to police objectionable material, simply by pressing a "Flag" button located under a video, which is then reviewed by the company.

"There's nothing in our guidelines that says something produced by a certain group gets censored," the spokesman said.

Lieberman's committee recently released a report that said the United States must develop a communications plan to counter radical Islamic messages on the Internet used to recruit new followers, provide weapons training, show speeches by terrorist leaders and for other purposes. The report said such messages could potentially create "homegrown terrorists."

Lieberman, an independent from Connecticut, said YouTube searches returned dozens of videos branded with an icon or logo of al-Qaida or its allied groups.

He added that YouTube can easily remove the videos since they are branded. He also asked in the letter Google what changes it plans to make in its guidelines to address "violent extremist material" and how it will enforce them to prevent the content from reappearing.

Andrea said...

Thank you for posting this piece Cannoneer no. 4.

This statment - "A Google spokesman said the company has removed about 80 videos that violated YouTube's restrictions on gratuitous violence and hate speech following discussions with the senator's staff last week." - had me LMAO!

Who the hell would be impressed with "80" when there are thousands of these videos alive and living well at YouTube right now?

Anonymous said...

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Cannoneer No. 4 said...

Lieberman and bin Laden Get It; Why Doesn’t YouTube?

This is social media marketing at it’s most refined. Call it targeted marketing, call it guerrilla marking, call it what you will, but these videos find the disenfranchised Muslim (predominantly) male youth, appeal to them with shocking videos that show the powerful “freedom fighters” attacking and winning against the “mighty but stupid imperialist oppressors.” Once lured in, they check the producer profile for more, and instead are hit with a barrage of videos on how to join up.

If you can’t imagine this working for recruiting new terrorists, then you obviously haven’t watched the US Army do the same thing by putting out free video games and music videos showing kids how awesome it is to fight our enemies, and then wait at the high schools with recruitment forms.

And because of cultural differences and vast divides in language, the terrorists can no more stop that process of US recruitment than we can stop theirs by arguing against it.

awlollol@pacbell.net said...

"And because of cultural differences and vast divides in language, the terrorists can no more stop that process of US recruitment than we can stop theirs by arguing against it."

I agree Cannoneer No. 4 - I have yet to see any of those arguing and blustering in the comments sections have a change of heart/mind.
But we don't have to nurture it, and help, for Gods sake, promote it! Which brings us right back to the heart of the matter - YouTube!

It would be useless to try to persuade them of the immorality of what they do - but - providing material assistance to terrorist and enemies of the US - is against the law.