‘US foreign policy is becoming so easy and predictable, even Derek Zoolander can do it.
Two weeks ago, when discussing the relentless attempts to provoke, or at least greenlight another quasi war with Syria’s president Assad, we wrote “one can be confident that the ISIS “campaign” will continue and get ever
closer to Damascus until yet another appropriately-framed YouTube clip appears and leads to another war with Assad.”
Fast forward to today, when precisely this script which by now everyone could predict, is being rerun.
According to Reuters, “a group monitoring the Syrian civil war said on Tuesday government forces carried out a poison gas attack that killed six people in the northwest, and medics posted videos of children suffering what they said was suffocation.” Of course it could be just a bunch of actors like in the summer of 2013, but that’s irrelevant – there is a YouTube clip out there and it is only a matter of time before John Kerry latches on to it as this year’s pretext to declare war on Syria.’
‘YouTube was once a bastion of free speech, an open venue where alternative information could circulate and wake up millions worldwide. Now it’s increasingly a place where truth is suppressed, as YouTube’s 6 billion+ hours of content is ‘soft censored’ on the sly by its mysterious ‘safety mode’. Keep reading if you prefer watching liberating information to mindless entertainment.’
‘In a testy exchange between AP reporter Matt Lee and U.S. State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf, Lee virtually corners Harf into admitting that the “evidence” presented by the U.S. to blame Russian-backed rebels for the shoot down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 amounts to nothing more than YouTube videos and social media posts.’
‘Turkish government has defied court orders to lift a ban imposed on the video sharing website YouTube after the release of controversial recordings containing top secret security talks.
The Information and Communications Technologies Authority (BTK) said in a statement on Thursday that it would not remove the ban on YouTube, despite the court orders.
“The measure blocking access to the youtube.com Internet site remains in place,” it said.
On Wednesday, a court in the capital, Ankara, ruled to unblock the website. A similar court order was also made on April 4, with the court saying the ban violated human rights.
YouTube was blocked on March 27 after the release of an audio recording revealing a discussion among top Turkish security officials about a possible false-flag operation to justify a military offensive against Syria.’
‘The Turkish government’s ban on access to video sharing website, YouTube, will remain in place after a court backed off from an earlier ruling to remove the site’s ban.
The court in Ankara lifted the Turkish government’s ban on YouTube on Friday, saying that the move violated human rights.
The court, however, backtracked later on the decision, saying that the ban would remain until the audio recordings allegedly showing political security talks of Turkish security officials on Syria are removed.’
‘The UK minister for immigration and security has called for the government to do more to deal with “unsavoury”, rather than illegal, material online.
James Brokenshire made the comments to the Financial Times in an interview related to the government’s alleged ability to automatically request YouTube videos be taken down under “super flagger” status.
A flagger is anyone that uses YouTube’s reporting system to highlight videos that breach guidelines. The Home Office explained to Wired.co.uk that the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit (CTIRU), responsible for removing illegal terrorist propaganda, does not have “super flagger” status, but has simply attained the platform’s Trusted Flagger accreditation — a status for users who regularly correctly flag questionable content.’
‘Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to ban Facebook and YouTube in Turkey in an attempt to stop political foes anonymously posting audio recordings purportedly exposing corruption and other malpractices in his inner circle.
In the latest recording, released on YouTube late Thursday, Erdogan is purportedly heard berating a newspaper owner over the telephone about an article and suggesting the journalists be sacked, in comments that will further stoke concerns over media freedom and Erdogan’s authoritarian style of leadership.
Erdogan, who rejects any accusations of corruption, blames U.S.-based Turkish Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen, a former ally, for the wiretaps which he says have been “fabricated”. Gulen, who denies any involvement, has many followers in Turkey, especially in the police and judiciary.’
‘Google’s overhaul of the YouTube comment system is theoretically intended to filter out spammy and irrelevant comments. But Bachir Boumaaza, a popular pro gamer known as Athene in YouTube circles, has accused the company of having an ulterior motive:
Outside of the football stadium, astroturfing refers to the practice of introducing sponsored messages or feedback into a forum where it appears to be the opinion of a disinterested third party. Athene became suspicious when he took a closer look at a negative video he posted on Nov. 8, in which he showed how the comment changes introduced still more noise into an already chaotic atmosphere. What was odd, he thought, was that all the top comments on this hit piece were Google-positive—even though the typical, widespread Internet reaction to Google+ integration had been sheer outrage.’