On the heels of his presentation at the international Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal, Dr. Zuhdi Jasser discusses the importance of engaging technology and viral networks in disrupting the global Islamist establishment.
Should YouTube censor videos by Islamic extremists like Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born Muslim who acted as a spokesperson and recruiter for al Qaeda? Or would that be heading down the slippery slope toward losing our First Amendment rights? Should Youtube, or it’s parent company Google, be treated as a private company that can, and perhaps should, restrict access to controversial information? Or should Youtube be bound to the rules of public domain?
“Google is a private company, though a Google search is supposed to give me access to every piece of information across the planet. If they start blocking things under the name of national security, how can I learn from what is evil so that I don’t become that?” asked Dr. Jasser. He added, “Yes, Europe has hate speech laws. But I don’t think that, ultimately, non-violent hate speech should be restricted.”
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