In a move to curb violence in the UK, British police have asked YouTube to remove between fifty and sixty music videos and more than half have already been removed from the platform. Some people have started hating youtube platform. You may wanna check top youtube alternatives.
The move comes as part of the Met police’s Operation Domain strategy, which targets violent online content that the police have linked to knife- and gang-related crimes. The music videos flagged by the police are all “drill” songs, a genre of trap music that started in Chicago but has found vast popularity in the UK scene and particularly on YouTube. The music is characterised by violent imagery and the phrase “to drill” is slang for “to shoot somebody”, due to the similarities between the sound of an automatic weapon and a construction drill.
“The gangs try to outrival each other with the filming and content – what looks like a music video can actually contain explicit language with gangs threatening each other,” the Metropolitan Police’s Mike West told the BBC. “There are gestures of violence, with hand signals suggesting they are firing weapons and graphic descriptions of what they would do to each other.”
While there isn’t a conclusive list at the moment as to which music videos have been removed, drill fans have noted that artist #150 Konez’s video Devil’s Playground is unavailable on YouTube. PressPlayUK, a music promotion channel that features many drill artists and promoted the hashtag #DropTheKnifePickUpTheKnife, previously posted to Instagram that they had met with YouTube representatives. It claimed that the videos would “probably be back up in a few weeks”. The post has since been deleted.
They said according to the BBC, ”Today had a meeting with Youtube and with whats happened lately the police and the main police commissioner has forced youtube to take down some videos it will probably be back up in the next few weeks just atm with whats going this has caused this, its out of our hands but we are doing what we can to sort it out.”