YouTube bans neo-Nazi and Holocaust-denial videos in push against hate speech

YouTube bans neo-Nazi and Holocaust-denial videos in push against hate speech

"We came to this decision because a pattern of egregious actions has harmed the broader community and is against our YouTube Partner Program policies".

YouTube announced on Wednesday that it will suspend monetization for conservative commentator Steven Crowder, who has nearly 4 million subscribers, thus preventing him from generating revenue from the advertisements in his videos. To violate the site's hate speech guidelines, a video's main objective must be to "incite hatred toward or promote supremacism over a protected group", or aim to incite violence, he said.

The world largest video-sharing platform, which is owned by Google, is expected to delete thousands of accounts and hours of content in a single night. Youtube said such implementations has reduced views to these videos by 50%.

As I've written before, while the intention of these policies are probably noble, YouTube and other social media giants still face the question of what constitutes hate speech.

Others pointed out that the policies are not clearly or consistently enforced. They said they were told they could change their content and re-apply to the program in 30 days. "Finally, we will remove content denying that well-documented violent events, like the Holocaust or the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, took place", the YouTube post said.


Just one day after YouTube said that conservative commentator Steven Crowder did not violate its policies in videos in which he poked fun at a gay journalist at Vox.com, the video platform has reversed itself.

YouTube has traditionally had a standoffish approach to dealing with controversial policy matters, but in the relentless 2019 culture of public pressure, they were forced to act previous year by banning a handful of extremists from their platform, including Alex Jones from InfoWars.

Maza and others noted that demonetizing the Crowder's YouTube videos won't stop the harassment.

Unrelated to Mr Maza's dispute with Mr Crowder, YouTube published a weblog on Wednesday asserting it had as a lot as this point its hate speech coverage.

For those who are unaware, YouTube relies on a combination of people and technology to flag inappropriate content like pornography, incitement to violence, harassment, or hate speech, and enforce guidelines.


YouTube also wants to remind advertiser friendly and prevent hateful channels from ruining YouTube's ad revenue.

In YouTube's defense, the site argued that there was no violation of rules on Crowder's part.

Video game developer Mark Kern reminds readers that like Twitter banning people for tweeting "learn to code" at journalists, the Masters of the Universe seem sensitive about criticism of journalists.

However, late Wednesday evening YouTube changed its stance and chose to temporarily suspend monetization on Crowder's channel - a penalty that is less severe than "demonetizing" a channel. Specifically, the service is banning videos "alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion". YouTube and Twitter had banned Jones in August 2018.


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