Students and supporters take part in a candle-light vigil at the University of Central Florida, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, to honor Steven Sotloff, the second American journalist to be beheaded by ISIS in two weeks. (AP/John Raoux)
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Silicon Valley firms were prepared this week to quickly block video of an ISIS militant beheading an American journalist after a previous video by the same group showing the death of James Foley ricocheted through social networks in what was seen by some as a propaganda coup for the extremists.The video Tuesday showing the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff was first uploaded onto a different website and quickly deleted when copied onto YouTube, slowing the spread of posts linking to it, said a Silicon Valley insider, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic.The major social networks declined to speak with the Associated Press directly about the beheading videos.Jillian York, who directs international freedom of expression initiatives at the nonprofit Electronic Frontier Foundation, said corporations like Twitter and Facebook should never remove content unless required to do so by law.
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