by Mike Masnick
Mon, Jun 2nd 2008 9:34am
A California state politician is pushing a totally useless "non-binding resolution" that would ask social networking sites to immediately takedown any "violent or explicit" videos that appear on their sites. How those sites would automatically know that the content is violent or explicit (or what is considered "acceptable" is unclear). Even better, the resolution would call on California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to create a task force to "address the proliferation of violence on the Internet." Would that include "violence" such as that found in Schwarzenegger's movies, many of which can be found online? This whole thing seems like a witch hunt based on the faulty premise that somehow watching a violent clip on a website will somehow make the viewer violent, when actual research seems to suggest the opposite.
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