“I think ten years ago, most news organizations would have opted to not show the video,” Jillian York, the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Berlin-based director for international freedom of expression, told ThinkProgress.
YouTube, which is owned by Google, has exceptions, and allows violent content for information that is educational or documentary purpose, said York, who focuses on free expression and privacy in the Middle East.
“All of these platforms have rules that ban violent content. Personally, I don’t have an issue with them taking the video down. But there is a problem with consistency.”