Google’s decision to tighten its standards for videos on YouTube was praised Thursday by Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee.
In May, Lieberman had urged Google chief executive Eric Schmidt to enforce YouTube’s standards and remove videos posted by Foreign Terrorist Organizations. Since then, Google has removed hundreds of videos that documented attacks on American soldiers, according to Lieberman’s aides.
“YouTube was being used by Islamist terrorist organizations to recruit and train followers via the Internet and to incite terrorist attacks around the world, including right here in the United States, and Google should be commended for recognizing that,” Lieberman said in a statement.
Lieberman, though, continues to urge the company to take down videos from all terrorist organizations, not just those that violate YouTube’s standards.
A Google representative was not immediately available for comment.