Published: Thu, June 06, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

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

WASHINGTON: YouTube announced Wednesday it would ban videos promoting or glorifying racism and discrimination as well as those denying well-documented violent events, like the Holocaust or the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting.

Critics have said it leads people towards more and more extreme and conspiratorial videos, and that this can incentivise users to produce more extreme material to try to drive up view counts and earn a larger slice of the ad revenue.

YouTube has chose to ban content promoting Nazi ideology from its service.

Finally, he said, something "snapped" in him and he chose to go public about the situation, in part because it was nearing the start of Pride Month, where YouTube would begin aligning itself with the LGBTQ community. 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. Both situations have made the perpetually embattled video site look awful. This change in policy is only happening because of negative publicity, and while we could take the silver lining that now YouTube is mobilizing to do something about it, it doesn't erase the issues the platform has or its original inaction.

YouTube, which is owned by Alphabet subsidiary Google and has been under pressure to ban more offensive content, said it will begin enforcing the updated policy today. "The prohibition will also cover videos denying that violent incidents, like the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in CT, took place", adds the newspaper.

On May 30, Maza, who hosts Vox's "Strikethrough" series, posted a compilation video of conservative troll Steven Crowder, who hides behind the comedian label despite his comedic shortcomings, attacking him time and again for being gay and Latino. "This step dramatically reduced views to these videos (on average 80%)".

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"I've been called an anchor baby, a lispy queer, a Mexican, etc.", Maza wrote on Twitter.

When reached for comment, YouTube directed NewNowNext to its Twitter thread explaining its decision, while stressing that Crowder didn't directly tell his fans to dox Maza and claimed the videos represented debate, not harassment.

It is supposedly reducing the monetization options for channels that "repeatedly brush up against" its hate-speech policies.

In addition to these changes, YouTube said it will reduce the spread of content that does not outright violate its policies, but "comes right up to the line".

There are "other aspects" of Crowder's channel that YouTube looking at, the company added.

YouTube publicly responded to Maza's tweets on Tuesday, saying that after a thorough investigation, it did not find Crowder to have violated its policies and that it would not take action against him. It's arming the monsters that we've spent our lives trying to get away from. Meanwhile, YouTube's hate speech guidelines ban the use of racial, ethnic, religious, or other slurs "where the primary objective is to promote hatred", along with using "stereotypes that incite or promote hatred" based on such attributes.

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