LAWFUEL – The Legal Newswire – The Times reports that Jewish leaders in Germany are planning to bring criminal charges against the owners of YouTube after Nazi propaganda was posted on the video-sharing website.
Extremist footage that has appeared on the site includes The Jew Suess, an antisemitic 1940 propaganda film that purports to show a Jewish businessman plotting to gain control of the German state.
There have also been postings by Blood and Honour, a neo-Nazi music promotion network that takes its name from the motto of the Hitler Youth, and by a heavy metal band called Landser (Footsoldier), whose videos praise Rudolf Hess, Hitler’s deputy, and glorify Third Reich soldiers.
The distribution of Nazi material is banned in Germany, where Blood and Honour and Landser are outlawed. But the Central Council of Jews in Germany, which believes the videos could incite racist violence at a time when attacks are on the increase, claims the response of Google, YouTube’s parent company, to numerous protests has been “unacceptably passive”.