In a surprising move Google has refused to censor of block the videos of radical Islamic preacher who has been accused of influencing the terrorists who conducted the 7/7 London bombings and also the Orlando nightclub shooting that resulted in the deaths of 45 and injuries to another 49.
Anwar Al Awlaki has been dubbed as the pied piper of global Jihad. He was an American citizen who had lived in London for sometime before fleeing to Yemen. He was killed in an American drone strike in the year 2011. The worry is that he is still able to influence many vulnerable young men into committing acts of terrorism as his speeches and sermons are still easily available on YouTube. What’s more is that Google even auto completes any word typed towards the Jihadists video and other images that contain his quotes.
There are over hundreds of hate filled videos of Anwar Al Awlaki that are easily available on Google and YouTube. The search engine’s auto complete algorithm also suggests any Jihadi material that can be made easily available for users.
Google’s actions are shocking and have evoked angry responses from governments across the World. We hope a solution for this is reached soon.