Google Amends Policy to Curb Hate Speech On YouTube

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Google-owned video sharing platform YouTube has amended its policies to remove hateful and supremacist content from YouTube. The company also claimed that it has made changes to reduce borderline content and demonetise hateful content.

“The openness of YouTube’s platform has helped creativity and access to information thrive. It’s our responsibility to protect that, and prevent our platform from being used to incite hatred, harassment, discrimination and violence,” YouTube said in a blogpost.

The Google-owned company claimed that it has been investing in policies, resources and products needed to protect the YouTube community from harmful content. Which has helped them in removing videos violating company policies faster than ever and users are seeing less borderline content and harmful misinformation.

Between January 2019 to March 2019, 74 Mn YouTube videos were suspended due to the termination of 2.8 Mn channels on grounds of policy violations. According to YouTube, the majority (around 94%) of channel terminations were a result of accounts being dedicated to spam or adult sexual content in violation of the company guidelines.

With the new changes, YouTube has specifically prohibited videos alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion based on qualities like age, gender, race, caste, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status.

“This would include, for example, videos that promote or glorify Nazi ideology, which is inherently discriminatory. Finally, we will remove content denying that well-documented violent events, like the Holocaust or the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, took place,” the company added.

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