Jewish groups slam YouTube over racist songs after blogger sentence
YouTube has been criticised by Jewish groups for allowing videos of anti-Semitic songs to be viewed on its platform even after the racist blogger responsible for them was convicted.
The videos of Alison Chabloz, 54, singing tunes that referred to Auschwitz as a “theme park” and the gas chambers as a “proven hoax” bypassed YouTube moderators’ efforts to block them.
Other “grossly offensive” lyrics included: “Did the Holocaust ever happen? Was it just a bunch of lies? Seems that some have intended to pull the wool over our eyes.”
The videos of songs she had written called (((Survivors))), Nemo’s Antisemitic Universe, and I Like It How It Is were still on YouTube despite Chabloz being found guilty last month at Westminster magistrates’ court of two counts of causing obscene material to be sent and one of sending obscene material.
YouTube, owned by Google, said the original Chabloz videos had been taken down at the time of the conviction but replacement “re-uploads” had avoided detection by YouTube’s filters as they had slight variations from the original versions. Google has removed the second batch of videos after being alerted to their presence by the Standard.
But a spokesman for the Board of Deputies of British Jews condemned YouTube’s response as inadequate. He said: “Since Alison Chabloz had been found guilty of broadcasting anti-Semitic songs, it was absolutely incumbent on YouTube to ensure these songs were deleted immediately.”
The Community Security Trust, which advises Jewish organisations on how to protect themselves, said: “Once Chabloz had been found guilty there was no question that YouTube should have removed these videos instantly.”
The videos were posted by an account called NS Viking 2 and viewed hundreds of times. A YouTube spokeswoman said: “Holocaust denial is abhorrent and wrong. We remove flagged content that incites hatred, and last year we started applying Limited Features to videos that don’t break our rules, but that skirt close to the line. Once a video that violates our policies is removed from YouTube, our technology prevents exact copies from ever being uploaded to YouTube again.”
The prosecution was brought privately by the charity Campaign Against Antisemitism, then taken over by the CPS. Chabloz, from Glossop in Derbyshire, was told she could be jailed at sentencing on Thursday.
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