2 state attorneys take on Google over illegal activity videos

07/2/2013 | Hill, The

Attorneys general from Oklahoma and Nebraska asked Google to defend the practice of posting paid ads next to videos encouraging illegal activity on YouTube such as how to purchase drugs without a prescription and forge licenses and passports. "[T]he two attorneys general asked Google to disclose the number of videos that were removed over the past two years because they violated YouTube policies against the posting of illegal content. Of this number, they asked Google to say how many of these videos were monetized and the total revenue the company generated from them," Jennifer Martinez writes. A YouTube spokesman said, "YouTube's review teams respond to videos flagged for our attention around the clock, removing any content that violates our policies."

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