Google has granted the UK security services privileged “super flagger” status over YouTube videos, which enables the government to alert YouTube to videos deemed to threaten national security.  It follows a campaign led by the government to persuade ISPs, search engines and social media sites proactively to monitor online content.

The authority will grant the UK Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit the ability to refer videos to YouTube that it believes have violated the Terrorism Act. Google itself will retain the ultimate discretion as to whether to remove content for breaching its community guidelines.

Christopher Elliott