YouTube to ban videos from supremacist groups
YouTube has announced it will be “specifically prohibiting” supremacist content, as well as videos “denying that well-documented violent events, like the Holocaust or the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, took place.”
In a statement released on Wednesday (local time), the Google-owned company specifically referred to videos that promote or glorify Nazi ideology as content that would be targeted by the new policy.
“We’re taking another step in our hate speech policy by specifically prohibiting 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,” the statement says.
YouTube also said it will seek to limit the spread of content that is “borderline” and misinformation, including videos from people who believe (or promote the belief) that the world is flat.
“Our systems are also getting smarter about what types of videos should get this treatment, and we’ll be able to apply it to even more borderline videos moving forward,” the company said.
The video-sharing platform did not disclose the names of any groups or channels that may be banned.
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