London is still recovering from Saturday night’s terror attack at London Bridge; but it has been revealed that counter-terrorist officials have uncovered a link between YouTube and the attackers.
The Telegraph reports that officers have been investigating an IS-inspired terrorist cell in Barking; and recorded a plot to use YouTube videos as reference for the attack.
Three terrorists killed 7 and injured 49 in a van and knife attack in the London Bridge area.
The extremist group Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack; while police arrested 12 more people believed to be connected to the incident. One of the terrorists had reportedly been referred to the police by a friend; after being radicalised by YouTube videos of American Islamist, Ahmad Musa Jibril.
Surveillance revealed an identical plot underway amidst suspects in East London.
One of the suspects had bragged about using a “car as a weapon”; and admitted that “YouTube videos all make it properly easy to do.” Another had reportedly asked a neighbour where they could hire an automatic van.
But YouTube is still under pressure for its handling of extremist content.
The EU are in the middle of imposing Union-wide laws to make sites like YouTube accountable for tackling hate speech and violent content; or find themselves at risk of considerable fines. Advertisers have been pulling ads from YouTube en masse, due to both their ads appearing next to sensitive content, and the site’s poor track record of handling it.