Lieberman Responds to Google

WASHINGTON – Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman, ID-Conn., issued the following statement Tuesday in response to YouTube’s response to Lieberman’s May 19, 2008, letter to Google Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Eric Schmidt: “In response to my letter, Google apparently has taken 80 videos off YouTube that violated the company’s own guidelines against gratuitous violence. That is a start but it is not enough. Videos produced by al-Qaeda and al-Qaeda affiliates showing attacks on American troops remain on YouTube’s website and violate YouTube’s own community guidelines. Those videos should be taken down immediately. Furthermore, Google continues to allow the posting of videos by organizations the State Department has designated as Foreign Terrorist Organizations. No matter what their content, videos produced by terrorist organizations like al-Qaeda, that are committed to attacking America and killing Americans, should not be tolerated. Google must reconsider its policy.”