Technological Thoughtcrime

Excerpt: According to an article published last week in, the video-sharing site YouTube (owned by the politically left-leaning search engine giant Google) has decided to "ban for the UK only" any video "showing weapons with the aim of intimidation." Citing "widespread unease about the increase in knife crime in the country," YouTube claims that the ban is not retroactive. It remains to be seen how such a ban will affect the countless videos on YouTube of shooters firing guns at ranges, or knife owners reviewing their latest purchases. Product review videos, in particular, are quite popular on YouTube, and one wonders just how sensitive YouTube's UK censors will be in deciding what "intimidates" them. Read More