YouTube to Remove Thousands of Videos Pushing Extreme Views

Wednesday - 05/06/2019 12:14
Content “alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion,” and videos denying that violent incidents occurred will be removed, YouTube said Wednesday.CreditCreditDado Ruvic/Reuters
Content “alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion,” and videos denying that violent incidents occurred will be removed, YouTube said Wednesday.CreditCreditDado Ruvic/Reuters
The company also said that channels that “repeatedly brush up against our hate speech policies,” but don’t violate them outright, would be removed from YouTube’s advertising program, which allows channel owners to share in the advertising revenue their videos generate.

YouTube announced plans on Wednesday to remove thousands of videos and channels that advocate for neo-Nazism, white supremacy and other bigoted ideologies in an attempt to clean up extremism and hate speech on its popular service.

The new policy will ban “videos alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion,” the company said in a blog post. The prohibition will also cover videos denying that violent incidents, like the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, took place.

YouTube did not name any specific channels or videos that would be banned.

“It’s our responsibility to protect that, and prevent our platform from being used to incite hatred, harassment, discrimination and violence,” the company said in the blog post.

The decision by YouTube, which is owned by Google, is the latest action by a Silicon Valley company to stem the spread of hate speech and disinformation on its site. A month ago, Facebook evicted seven of its most controversial users, including Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist and founder of InfoWars. Twitter banned Mr. Jones last year.

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