Google has given roughly 200 people and organizations, including a British police unit, the ability to “flag” up to 20 YouTube videos at once to be reviewed for violating the site’s guidelines. The Financial Times last week reported that the U.K. Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit has been using its “super flagger” authority to seek reviews – and removal – of videos it considers extremist. The news sparked concern that Google lets the U.K. government censor videos that it doesn’t like, and prompted Google to disclose more details about the program. Any user can ask for a video to reviewed. Participants in the super flagger program, begun as a pilot in 2012, can seek reviews of 20 videos at once. Continued.. Isn't this exactly what the likes of SOPA, PIPA, CISPA and ACTA have been trying to achieve? It makes me wonder which organizations have been given the "trusted flagger" title - We'll probably never know. A few days ago YouTube deleted an account belonging to an American author, political activist and conspiracy theorist named Mark Dice. His channel includes the usual controversial topics of conspiracy such as 9/11, Bilderberg and Illuminati, and has become a prominent name amongst the YouTube conspiracists with some 250,000+ subscribers. When he made the public aware, or namely his followers of what had happened via Twitter, YouTube restored the account shortly after. Was this an attempt to shut down a channel based on (controversial) opinion, and free speech? I wonder what the outcome would have been if not for the support of his thousands of subscribers. Channels with less people power might not be offered the same consideration.