YouTube – The Internet’s Primary and Rapidly Expanding Jihadi Base – Part III: Despite Removal Efforts, Taliban YouTube Page Promising Terror Attacks on U.S. Cities Remains Active

By: Steven Stalinsky*

July 2, 2010

“We have had great success in raiding YouTube…” Al-Falluja message board [1]

Introduction

On May 17, 2010, YouTube marked its fifth anniversary. As part of the celebration, its parent company, Google Inc., released statistics showing the growth of the site’s importance. YouTube’s viewership now exceeds the primetime viewership of all three major American networks combined; over 24 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube every minute, and YouTube is now the second most popular search engine in the world, after Google.

YouTube also announced that it receives over two billion page views per day. Millions of these clips viewed and posted are in fact jihadist videos, Parts I and II of this series document these statistics, as well as how terrorists and their sympathizers are using the site daily.

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