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YouTube Updates "Community Guidlines" to Ban Drug Abuse, Terrorist Clips

The Community Guidelines also now warns users that there would be zero tolerance for “predatory behavior, stalking, threats, harassment, invading privacy, or the revealing of other members’ personal information" and that anyone caught doing these things may be permanently banned from YouTube.

YouTube announced the update to last week and despite the usual off-topic comments from users complaining about other problems, YouTubers seem to be grateful that the site is finally addressing what they deem an important issue.

Back in May, Senator Joe Lieberman contacted YouTube about videos he felt violated the YouTube Community Guidelines. Lieberman said he had seen videos from several Islamic terrorist organizations on and his staff identified numerous videos that they believed violated YouTube’s Community Guidelines.

YouTube followed up and removed some of these videos, which the site said advocated violence, showed gratuitous violence or contained hate speech. However, while YouTube removed some of the videos highlighted by Lieberman’s staff, the site remained adamant that free speech and the right to express an unpopular point of view were a large part of what YouTube was about and maintained most of the videos Lieberman’s staff had a problem with did not violate the YouTube terms of Service.

Senator Lieberman released a statement late last week claiming Google had tightened the standards for YouTube videos in response to his pressure. The senator said he expects these stronger community guidelines to decrease the number of videos on YouTube produced by al-Qaeda and "affiliated Islamist terrorist organizations."

Press Release: Lieberman Calls on Google to Take Down Terrorist Content