Although some may ask What took them so long?
Video sharing web site YouTube is taking steps to purge videos put up by terrorists or extremists as training or recruiting tools.
The San Bruno company, owned by search colossus Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) had been criticized for allowing films on bombmaking with household chemicals, for example, to persist on its site. The company didn’t say which particular videos would be eliminated.
Sen. Joe Lieberman, an independent from Connecticut, had asked Google to stop the posting of such videos in May. Lieberman is chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
Critics say such training videos are so widely available on other sites that the YouTube policy won’t make much of a difference.