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Jewish body to sue YouTube over video mocking late leader

Published on March 21, 2008

Hamburg -- Germany's national Jewish body said Thursday it has filed suit against YouTube and its parent company Google, demanding a court order for the site to be permanently purged of anti-Semitic videos.

Stephan Kramer, secretary general of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, said in Hamburg, "we charge Google with aiding and abetting racial hatred and discrimination on its YouTube video- platform subsidiary.

"We applied this week for an injunction from a court in Hamburg."

He said one example was a video clip that showed a late president of the Central Council, Paul Spiegel, being burned alive. He charged that it had been available for download for months on end.

YouTube allows users to flag videos as inappropriate, leading to a review by YouTube editors who can delete videos that breach the platform’s terms of use.

DPA with Expatica