YouTube is removing UK drill videos that police say incite violence
A new initiative from YouTube is prompting the streaming service to remove videos, specifically featuring UK drill hip hop and rap, which police say incite violence.
According to , YouTube has removed 30 the 60 videos that The Metropolitan police requested be removed over the course the past two years. Met police commissioner Cressida Dick, spoke on why drill music is being targeted in its ongoing search: "Drill music is associated with lyrics which are about glamourising serious violence. They describe the stabbings in great detail, joy and excitement."
Youtube made a statement addressing the issue with music that promotes knife violence. The platform revealed that it now has a system to uncover such video it deems dangerous to public safety: "We have a dedicated process for the police to flag videos directly to our teams because we ten 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."
As notes, YouTubes initiative follows increased chatter on how UK drill and grime music is influencing violence in London. Last month at the House Of Commons, Harjeet Sahota, a member the London Independent Youth Safety Advisory Board spoke with members the London music community to address the issue labeling one style music as the reason for increased violence:
"There's a clear correlation between the success black music and artists colour, and the dogged determination the media to paint young people and their potential role models negatively. It's patronising and damaging. When we look at the subject matter our favourite genres—such as grime and drill—it's drugs, sex and violence, which is not unique to these genres."
This move by YouTube also comes on the heels Spotify removing what it says is from its playlists, which included all music by R. Kelly. The removes any material which "promotes, advocates, or incites hatred or violence against a group or individual based on characteristics, including, race, religion, gender identity, sex, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability."
It remains to be seen how many video YouTube will remove in its purge UK drill and hip hop.