The video giant declined to remove an Atomwaffen Division video when it was first reported last week. It took YouTube more than a week to take action against a propaganda video on its site produced by the Atomwaffen Division (AWD) — the neo-Nazi terrorist organization under FBI investigation and linked to five murders in the U.S. — and the poster’s channel remains active. The clip ― which was uploaded on Sept. 30, reported multiple times since Thursday and finally came down on Tuesday ― featured prominent neo-Nazi and AWD adviser James Mason reading from a script. Before it was removed for hate speech, it garnered hundreds of views, and potentially served as recruitment propaganda for AWD: In a comment, one viewer asked, “whered you get this from? I’m interested,” to which the poster replied with a link to AWD’s website, where visitors can apply to join the group. It is unclear if the clip’s poster, whose channel is littered with homophobic content and references to AWD, is a member or admirer of AWD. The channel features a still-active pro-AWD video of neo-Nazi skinhead leader Tom Metzger urging viewers to read “Siege,” Mason’s white supremacist polemic. Metzger in the video describes “Siege” as “Mein Kampf of the 21st century.” YouTube’s failure to remove the video when it was first reported last week, and its decision to let the poster’s channel remain active, demonstrates its inability to police extremist content — proactively or reactively — and the inconsistent enforcement of its policies. The Google-owned tech giant previously banned an AWD-run channel in response to public uproar, but has since been unwilling or unable to keep the group’s content off its platform. “It’s troubling that YouTube didn’t delete the channel that clearly uploaded an AWD video,” said Joshua Fisher-Birch, a research analyst at the Counter Extremism Project who found and reported the now-removed video. “In the past, YouTube was slow to remove channels that uploaded ISIS videos, even after the videos were deleted.”
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