posted by Benedict Townsend

In a recent interview with ABC, Presidential Candidate Hilary Clinton argued that social media sites like YouTube should be doing more to fight extremism, by putting more effort into taking down videos that spread extremist views or which may encourage terrorist behaviour. Here’s the key points:


It Comes Following The Horrific Events In California

Hilary has made these comments in light of the recent tragedy in San Bernardino. An attack was carried out by a radicalised couple who seemed to have links to ISIS. The couple posted about their attacks on social media just prior to carrying them out.



She Wants Social Media sites To Do More

Clinton argues that sites like YouTube need to do more and work more actively with the government in order to recognise and neutralise posts by radical individuals that may encourage others. “They cannot permit the recruitment and the actual direction of attacks or the celebration of violence by this sophisticated Internet user.” She said.



But She Acknowledged That There Are Privacy Issues

The candidate recognised that the government having intimate access to social networking sites’ data is something many people may be uncomfortable with, on privacy grounds. She said: “Nobody wants to be feeling like their privacy is invaded. But I also know what the argument is on the other side from law enforcement and security professionals.”


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You can see the whole interview here