YouTube under the gun

Finnish gunman’s video puts YouTube policies back in spotlight:

Last year after the shootings at Jokela High School in Finland I called on YouTube to revise its policy about videos such as the ones that Pekka-Eric Auvinen posted prior to the shootings. Of course the Google owned company didn’t heed my words. Why would they? I’m just one blogger and they’re a multi-billion dollar corporation. However that warning has come back to bite them in the ass with Matti Saari and the Kauhajoki School shooting.

As I mentioned before Saari posted similar videos to the ones Auvinen made prior to his shooting spree. Not to mention all the mutant videos that pay tribute to the Columbine killers. I wonder if it will finally take the deaths of 10 people in Finland to rethink their policies.

Stop relying on the users to flag inappropriate videos. Considering the stereotypical YouTube user this is kind of the videos they live for.

Like I’ve said before, if Google can censor the entire country of China I would imagine they could do a better job in screening their videos.

Jokela report released

Teen gun killer sought to be ‘a God’:

Police in Finland have released their final report on Pekka-Eric Auvinen and the school shooting at Jokela High School.

Nothing much we didn’t already know or could have guessed.

The one thing I found interesting was this quote from his diary…

“In the best case, this (attack) would create massive destruction and chaos, or even a revolution,” Auvinen wrote in diary entries cited by the police report. “In any case, I want this to be remembered forever. Maybe I’ll even have a follower; after all, I am a super-person, almost God.”

Just like a typical school shooter. Deluded, selfish, and an over inflated sense of self-worth. No revolution, no followers, and you’re not even close to God. You’ll barely be remembered outside of Finland.

YouTube rejects mutant monitoring

YouTube rejects calls to monitor videos:

YouTube and their parent company Google are saying they will not monitor their site for videos inciting violence against schools. Much like the video that Pekka-Eric Auvinen posted shortly before killing 8 at Jokela High School in Finland.

Peter Fleischer, privacy counsel at Google, which bought YouTube last year, said the website was not considering passing more information to the police to avert such events. “Logistically we couldn’t do pre-screening,” he said. “We don’t want to become censors of the web.”

I fail to see how that would be any different from pulling copyrighted material off their site. They don’t seem to have an issue with that.

Mr Fleischer said privacy was of paramount importance but admitted there was no blanket ban on passing on information. “If it were child pornography then we would inform the authorities immediately. In the case of somebody doing a video that looks something like hate speech, however, we would remove the account. In most of these cases we don’t report it.”

Except they don’t suspend the accounts. The accounts for Auvinen and Dillon Cossey were still active after their respective incidents occurred. Cossey’s was even up for weeks after his arrest.

As long as YouTube allows these hate filled mutants to post video tributes to mass murderers they’ll just continue to be the whipping boy whenever one of these events happens.

Auvinen’s girlfriend responds

Ex defends school killer online:

The former ‘girlfriend’ of Pekka-Eric Auvinen has spoken out online about the tragedy in Finland. I use the quotes because she lives in Australia which the last time I checked wasn’t next door to Finland.

She posted a video on YouTube in defense of Auvinen and actually belays a certain myth.

The statement consists of a video entitled “Pekka”, with a metal soundtrack and scrolling text.

“The reason I have not talked to the press and the rest of you is not because I want to wash my hands of it,” she says.

“It is because there is no point”

Ms Scheel then launches into her defence of Auvinen.

“First, he was not a Nazi. He hated Nazism.”

“Second, he was not a psychopath or a sociopath. He felt love, he felt guilt, he felt fear.”

“Third, he was not bullied or picked on, not by you or people in his life.”

In the video, Ms Scheel refutes the notion that online messages would cause him to go on a shooting spree, and admits that Auvinen was often the initiator of online arguments.

Ms Scheel also states that Auvinen was not bullied by his classmates, but “had he been, he would have reacted to it instantly”.

So she claims Auvinen was not bullied. Even if he was her second statement that Auvinen wasn’t a psychopath is incorrect. I would even go as far to say that he was a megalomaniacal psychopath considering he thought he was better than the rest of the world. The video itself is behind the cut.

More confirmation in Cossey/Auvinen link

Teen who killed 8 may have contacted Pa. youth:

There’s been more confirmation that Dillon Cossey was in fact in contact with Pekka-Eric Auvinen prior to the shooting that killed 8 at Jokela High School in Finland.

Police said material seized from the computer of Pekka-Eric Auvinen suggests the 18-year-old communicated online with Dillon Cossey, 14, who was arrested in October for allegedly preparing a possible attack at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School in suburban Philadelphia.

I doubt this will result in any additional charges for Cossey as he claims that Auvinen gave no indication that he planned the shooting.

Cossey/Auvinen link confirmed

Teen charged with Plymouth plot communicated with Finnish shooter:

No this isn’t a repeat. The link between Finnish gunman Pekka-Eric Auvinen and would be school shooter Dillon Cossey has been confirmed.

“He recognized the screen name and recalled having contact by email,” said J. David Farrell, who represents Cossey, 14, of Plymouth Valley.

Farrell said Cossey was “very distressed” to learn that Pekka-Eric Auvinen, 18, of Tuusula, Finland, had gunned down six students, a nurse and the principal at his high school, located about 30 miles north of Helsinki. Auvinen then killed himself.

Cossey told Farrell that Auvinen “gave no indication he was going to do anything violent,” and that Cossey “offered nothing in the way of encouragement” to pursue violence.

The teens shared an interest in a video game called “Hitman,” Farrell said, adding that they may have also had a mutual obsession with Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, the students responsible for the Columbine massacre.

Farrell said he believed more information about the time and extent of the communication would be available tomorrow.

When these mutants congregate they share ideas and encourage each other to commit these acts of violence. For years I’ve been trying to get website hosts to shut these kind of groups down. They haven’t listened yet. I wonder if they will now. Maybe it’s time to re-start my crusade. Who’s with me?

Principal shot execution style

School massacre: Ninth graders saw killing of school principal:

Just another disturbing detail of the shooting at Jokela High School in Finland…

A group of ninth graders at the Jokela School in Tuusula were eyewitnesses to the execution-style killing of their school’s head teacher Helena Kalmi by gunman Pekka-Eric Auvinen on Wednesday.

Watching from their classroom window, they saw Kalmi first fleeing the attacker, but later she went back. Auvinen forced Kalmi onto her knees and then shot her.

And how fitting is this?

Finally, Auvinen shot himself in the head. Police found him injured in a toilet at 2:53 PM.

Exactly where he belonged.

Should YouTube muzzle the mutants?

Should YouTube play the censor and sentinel?:

In the wake of the Jokela High School shooting in Finland News.com has written this article asking if YouTube should censor the parent neglected little balls of hate like Pekka-Eric Auvinen. Before I educate people on the definition of censorship my answer is a resounding yes.

First of all if YouTube decides to pull any video for whatever reason that’s not censorship. Censorship, in the U.S. at least, can only come from the government. When YouTube does it, which last time I checked they were not a branch of the government, it’s called enforcing their Terms of Service.

Here is all the reasons a YouTube video can be pulled…

1. Graphic sexual activity
“Graphic sexual activity” describes content which contains actual visible or implied sex acts.

2. Nudity
“Nudity” refers to exposed or see-through coverage of areas typically covered by a bathing suit or underwear. Sometimes nudity is allowed on YouTube, depending on the context.

3. Suggestive, but without nudity
“Suggestive” content refers to materials with sexual themes that do not necessarily depict sexual activity or nudity. Sexually suggestive content may not be suitable for all audiences and may include fetish-related content.

4. Shocking or disgusting content
“Shocking or disgusting content” refers to disturbing imagery, such as graphic depictions of violence, accidents or gore, which lack an appropriate context.

5. Promotes hatred or violence against a protected group
Hate speech is content that promotes or encourages hatred or violence toward a group based on race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, and sexual orientation/gender identity.

6. Harmful dangerous acts
“Harmful dangerous acts” may include content which is depicts behavior likely to cause serious injury or death to a third party.

7. Reveals personally identifying information
This refers to revealing information that identifies another person against their wishes, such as home address, telephone number, social security number or credit card number.

I think that the videos that Auvinen and his ilk make fall under several of those guidelines. However the problem is that YouTube, which is owned by Google by the way, really only wants to police the site for copyrighted content. What they rely on is for users to flag the videos for any inappropriate content. That’s what I like to call letting the inmates run the asylum. Craigslist has a similar policy with their “erotic services” section. The problem is similar as well. People going to YouTube to see funny videos aren’t venturing in to the depths where the mutants and their killer tribute videos lurk and the ones that do aren’t going to flag the videos because that’s what they like.

However as much as I wish YouTube would shut down these mutants it really comes down to parenting. Where are these kids’ parents when they’re making these hate filled videos? Probably happy that they’re precious little snowflakes are expressing themselves rather than disciplining them for being the dumbasses that they are.

MutantTube

Finnish killer subscribed to jailed US youth’s webpage:

Well, well, well. It seems that mutant loser and coward Pekka-Eric Auvinen was YouTube buddies with another mutant loser mentioned in these pages, Dillon Cosey. Cossey was the home schooled kid who was arrested for plotting an attack against Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School outside of Philly.

Cossey’s YouTube page is still standing in all its mutant “glory” while Auvinen’s was pulled. I guess it takes a mass murder for YouTube to pull someone’s killer worshiping videos.

YouTuber Warned of Finnish Gunman in June, But No One Listened:

In other Jokela related YouTube news and YouTuber by the handle of TheAmazingAtheist was concerned about Auvinen’s and others YouTube profiles.

But months before the fateful video was posted, one prolific YouTube user known as TheAmazingAtheist called for the police to investigate Auvinen and others who had been posting videos glorifying the Columbine shooters and Timothy McVeigh, saying they were showing warning signs of being more than simply infatuated or interested in violence.

While his intentions were good my question is did he actually contact authorities or someone at YouTube or did he just complain about it on YouTube?

First it was AOL, then LiveJournal, then MySpace. Now YouTube is the prominent breeding ground for mutants.

Disturbing

Finnish school killer had enough rounds to slaughter hundreds:

Some more details about the Jokela High School shooting that I found more than disturbing.

Disturbing item #1.

According to the police, the man shot some of his victims almost 20 times.

Disturbing item #2.

Chief Inspector Tero Haapala said the gunner had written a suicide note bidding farewell to his family.

“The family brought it to the police,” CI Haapala added.

The parents are under police protection after receiving threats.

The police think the man acted alone and that the parents had no knowledge of his intentions.

They never do, do they?

Thanks to Trish for the link.