YouTube removes over 100 UK drill videos at request of London police

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YouTube removed 102 clips associated with drill music from its platform last month.

As reported by Evening Express, the Metropolitan Police requested that the Google-owned platform remove 129 videos linked to the genre. As of January 2019, 102 have been deleted.

In May 2018, reports surfaced that the police had pulled 30 drill music videos from the site, amidst claims that the genre incited violence. Some of these banned videos then went on to be reposted on Pornhub. Since then, police action against the genre has intensified, with the drill group 1011 being banned from creating music. Duo Skengdo and AM have been sentenced to nine months in prison, and suspended for two years, after allegedly breaching a gang injunction preventing them from performing music.

At the time, Metropolitan police commissioner Cressida Dick stated: “Drill music is associated with lyrics which are about glamourising serious violence. They describe the stabbings in great detail, joy and excitement.”