YouTube rejected warnings from its moderators to remove antisemitic videos, according to a whistleblower, who has been assisted by UKLFI Charitable Trust.
Khaled Hassan, who worked at a company contracted by YouTube to monitor its content, was employed to identify extremist Arabic videos.
Mr Hassan told the Jewish Chronicle that
YouTube failed to remove videos by the late Pakistani preacher Israr Ahmad, who called Jews “this cursed race”, “the ultimate source of evil” and “the biggest agents of Satan” or “akin to pigs”. Other videos quoted the notorious forgery, the Protocols of the Elders of Zion;
YouTube did not remove videos by Wagdy Ghoneim, a Egyptian jihadist who is banned in the UK;
YouTube failed to delete clips celebrating the murder last November of Jerusalem tour guide Eli Kay;
he was told that when he wished to “flag” any video about the Middle East conflict, he should seek approval from a Palestinian colleague. He was subsequently moved to a more menial job because, he claimed, he highlighted videos that YouTube did not want to remove.