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Elliot Rodger's YouTube videos taken down

"If this isn't a troll, then I bet we find out this guy is a serial killer," wrote a Reddit commenter on one of his videos.
By Aileen Graef   |   May 27, 2014 at 2:20 PM   |   Comments

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., May 27 (UPI) -- The rest of the videos posted on YouTube by Isla Vista shooter Elliot Rodger have been removed, but not by the company.

The video Rodger posted just before he killed six people and injured several more, Elliot Rodger's Retribution was removed by YouTube shortly after the shooting. The video sharing website said they removed it because it violated their community guidelines since it featured threat of violence.

There were dozens of other videos posted before that one. They show Roger walking around Santa Barbara alone ruminating on how his life was unfair and voiced his frustration over being alone and how no women wanted him.

YouTube said over the weekend that they cannot remove them as they don't violate any of their guidelines. The company said the videos are of anger and self-pity, and though these are the feelings of the serial killer, they cannot violate the right to freedom of expression.

"As YouTube is a place where people come for information, where content is posted in a news context it will be allowed to stay on the site," YouTube said in a statement.

The only video remaining is Why do girls hate me so much?.

It holds a comment from Rodger, posted six days ago, responding to the negative comments on the video.

"All bully comments will be deleted, except for ones that amuse me. A magnificent person like me doesn't concern himself with the opinions of sheep. Also, someone link me the reddit thread that's generating all these views. This is getting too out of hand, and I might have to take down the video," he wrote.

One of the commenters on Reddit made an eerily foreshadowing comment a week ago saying, "If this isn't a troll, then I bet we find out this guy is a serial killer."

It is more than likely, given YouTube's stance, that the family has removed his videos. YouTube's policy regulates that a family member may take down videos after the user's death. Many of his other internet profiles have been taken down, except his Facebook, which can only be taken down at the request of a family member.

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