Jeremy Vine ‘disgusted’ with ‘lack of values’ of social media companies over stalker videos | UK News


Radio and TV presenter Jeremy Fine said he was “amazed at how hard” it was to get social media companies to act in response to videos of the imprisoned stalker.

Former BBC local radio presenter Alex Belfield, 42, was sentenced to five years and 26 weeks in prison last Friday after being found guilty of campaigning. Against a number of characters from the broadcast world.

The jury agreed that he had caused great concern or distress to two victims and found him guilty of a “minor” stalking in connection with Channel 5 and BBC Radio 2 presenter Mr Vine and theater blogger Philip DeHaney.

Former BBC presenter Alex Bielfield arrives at Nottingham Crown Court
Alex Belfield

Asked about the reaction of social media companies, Fine told BBC Two: “I’m amazed how hard it is to convince them that.

So we went to YouTube and said, ‘Come on, what’s going on with this guy? You can’t just let him slander.”

Then we said, ‘Okay, there’s an act of defamation that’s now based on this video, this video, this video’ – they still wouldn’t delete it.

“Eventually I have to go through a lawyer, they delete individual videos, and then when he is convicted they defame him. But half of my videos are still there.

“His technique was to say ‘copy and share’ so you would have someone take their video in Moscow and host it. They will always be there, I have to live with that.

“But the fact that YouTube hosts this stuff, they don’t take any responsibility. They don’t care. They don’t care. Sorry for my language but I’m disgusted by their lack of values.

“And Twitter too. He’s in prison and he still has a Twitter account. What the hell is that? I don’t get it.”

Fine said Belfield posted a video “saying he’s back in business.”

Fine also said that victims and their friends reported Bilfield’s content in both an “persistent” and “constant” manner, with one person even going to the YouTube headquarters to ask the front desk if anything could be done.

“It is no mystery to them what their problem accounts are and they just need to remove it,” he said.

Twitter declined to comment, and YouTube was also contacted for comment.


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