YouTube takes down 'violent' music videos

UK police have been accused of forcing YouTube to remove the content.
UK police have been accused of forcing YouTube to remove the content. Photo credit: Getty

More than 30 video clips have been removed by YouTube that it considers to be "violent". 

The online video giant was asked by one of the UK's most senior police officers to remove music videos that she said glamorised violence, BBC reported. 

The genre of the videos that YouTube has removed are 'drill' - music that's characterised by lyrics that often detail drugs and violence. 

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick says the genre of music - which is said to have originated in Chicago, Illinois - is to blame for a surge in violent crime in London. 

YouTube has been asked by police to take down between 50 and 60 music videos in the past two years, because of the violent nature of the content, BBC reports. 

About half of those requests were met, with YouTube removing 30 videos. 

But supporters of the genre claim it's unfair that police are forcing YouTube to remove drill music from the platform. 

A company that promotes the genre of music, Pressplay, posted a message on Instagram alleging YouTube had been "forced" to remove the content by the police. 

But a YouTube spokesperson said the company does "not want our platform used to incite violence".

"We have developed policies specifically to help tackle videos related to knife crime in the UK and are continuing to work constructively with experts on this issue."

An online petition has been formed by a group of drill musicians who have called upon YouTube to stop removing music from the platform. 

The petition has over 5,000 signatures.