Some neds in Glasgow uploaded a video to YouTube confessing to a murder. They have been convicted.
Police are studying YouTube footage uploaded by two motorcyclists who filmed themselves speeding at up to 140mph, with a view to prosecution.
There's some pretty ugly stuff on the web, but the traceability of everything means that it all winds up, among other things, helping find and prosecute idiots. Like those celebrated in the Darwin Awards, people who use the web like this are helping take themselves out of the gene pool, even if just for short periods of time.
The political response?
Ivan Lewis, a health minister, who has some responsiblity for “inter-generational issues”, delivered a warning in Sunday’s Observer that companies should “do everything in their power” to prevent such material appearing online - a clear hint of how far concerns have reached at the political level. On the other side of the fence, David Cameron called for curbs on violent music and games, as the Tory leader strayed close to the issue of online regulation.That's even more stupid - it's a recipe for three murderers to remain on the streets of Glasgow, and for motorcycles to continue speeding along the A38.