A gunman opened fire in a Finnish school Tuesday, killing 10 students and himself. The AP reports that the suspect posted threatening videos on YouTube the day before the shooting, which prompted police questioning but not confiscation of his gun.

The event brought renewed attention to YouTube’s policy about posting threatening videos. Although the site previously took a hands-off approach to content selection (except in cases of pornography,
graphic violence, or hate speech), The Guardian reports that the site’s guidelines changed earlier this month to specifically ban videos that incite violence.

What does that mean practically? In terms of content regulation, not much will change–the site continues to rely on users to report inappropriate content, which can then be removed. But Google, which owns the site, says that reviewing each video before posting is impractical. Criticism of the policy continues.

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