YouTube Will Remove More White Supremacist And Hoax Videos, A More Aggressive Stance On Hate Speech

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YouTube said Wednesday it will remove false videos alleging that major events like the Holocaust didn’t happen, as well as a broad array of content by white supremacists and others in a move to more aggressively crack down on hate speech.

The Google-owned video site, along with its Silicon Valley peers, is starting to take a broader view of hate speech in the face of criticism that it has failed to prevent the spread of harmful videos that distort world events, hurt children or promote discriminatory ideologies. On Tuesday, for instance, Vox Media called out YouTube for failing to remove homophobic and racist videos attacking one of its reporters.

While YouTube, which has over 1.8 billion daily users, has long prohibited videos that promote violence or hatred against people based on their age, religious beliefs, gender, religion, immigration status, sexual orientation and other protected categories, the new hate speech policy will go further. The policies will specifically ban videos “alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation, or exclusion,” based on those categories. That would include groups that “glorify Nazi ideology,” the company said in its announcement, because such beliefs were “inherently discriminatory.”

Previously, the company had drawn a fine line between “hate” and “superiority,” choosing to limit the spread of white supremacy videos by removing them from algorithmic recommendations and not allowing advertising on them, but not removing them unless they expressly promoted violence. The stance allowed many videos to slip through the cracks. In 2018, The Washington Post reported that users on social media sites popular with hate groups, such as Gab.ai and 4chan, linked to YouTube more often than any other site.

The company will also remove content denying that well-documented violent events took place, like the Holocaust or the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Victims of those events will also be considered protected under the company’s new policies, as will people in protected castes in India, where certain castes are routinely subject to discrimination.

(c) 2019, The Washington Post · Elizabeth Dwoskin  

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4 COMMENTS

  1. More selective enforcement against conservatives who’ll be claimed to be “racists”. Will continue to do nothing about racist blacks, imperialistic islamonazis and other varieties of Jew-hating leftists.

  2. Fully agre. There are no definitions given for hate speech, because they keep moving the goal posts on it. Barrack Obama said in 2008 that marriage is between one man and one woman. Today’s leftists would ban that from YouYouTube because they consider that hate speech. But this clearly is a response to vox.com’s Mazza who is putting pressure onYoutube to ban StevenCrowder after he was offended by Crowder rebutting his videos on a consistent basis. And for the record this Mazza character has called for violence against people who disagree with him.

  3. YouTube is removing all “harmful videos that distort world events and homophobic and racist videos and hoax videos” from all those who do not follow the official mainstream’s propaganda narratives.

    Time for competitions that will replace YouTube, Google, Twitter and Facebook and put them out of business completely.

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