Campaigners plan protest at YouTube offices over knife violence music videos
Film shot on Peckwater Estate references stab murders
18 December, 2018 — By Tom Foot
CAMPAIGNERS are preparing a protest outside the offices of YouTube in King’s Cross after a “drill” music video referencing Kentish Town killings appeared on the website.
Elaine Donnellon, from Camden Rise Against Violence, said the company had created a popular forum for footage that often leads to revenge attacks. She said not enough was being done to take the films down or monitor what is being uploaded.
Last week, a professionally produced film – shot mainly in Islip Street, just yards from where Abdikarim Hassan was murdered, and also on the Peckwater estate – was uploaded to YouTube. In it, young men – some with their faces hidden – spoke about the bloody night in February when “two got dropped”.
Ms Donnellon, who was part of the campaign group that organised a march through Camden Town after the February attacks, said the film was “callous”, adding: “We’re not sure if this is connected to what happened, but what we are sure about is that no good can come out of this. There are people from Camden in the film, you can see their faces. They are putting their lives on the line. We do not want them to die. YouTube has published this and we are organising a protest down at the headquarters.”
A YouTube statement said: “We have developed policies specifically to help tackle videos related to knife crime in the UK and are continuing to work constructively with experts on this issue. We work with the Metropolitan police, the mayor’s office for policing and crime, the Home Office and community groups to understand this issue and ensure we are able to take action on gang-related content that infringe our community guidelines or break the law.”
The company added: “We have a dedicated process for the police to flag videos directly to our teams because we often need specialist context from law enforcement to identify real-life threats. Along with others in the UK, we share the deep concern about this issue and do not want our platform used to incite violence.”