YouTube is finally banning white supremacists.

By |2019-06-06T08:14:36-08:00June 7th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , |3 Comments

Thousands of channels will have to be removed.

Courtesy of The Verge

YouTube is changing its community guidelines to ban videos promoting the superiority of any group as a justification for discrimination against others based on their age, gender, race, caste, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, the company said today. The move, which will result in the removal of all videos promoting Nazism and other discriminatory ideologies, is expected to result in the removal of thousands of channels across YouTube.

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

The changes announced on Wednesday attempt to improve its content moderation in three ways. First, the ban on supremacists will remove Nazis and other extremists who advocate segregation or exclusion based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. In addition to those categories, YouTube is adding caste, which has significant implications in India, and “well-documented violent events,” such as the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting and 9/11. Users are no longer allowed to post videos saying those events did not happen, YouTube said.

Second, YouTube said it would expand efforts announced in January to reduce the spread of what it calls “borderline content and harmful misinformation.” The policy, which applies to videos that flirt with violating the community guidelines but ultimately fall short, aims to limit the promotion of those videos through recommendations. YouTube said the policy, which affects videos including flat-earthers and peddlers of phony miracle cures, had already decreased the number of views that borderline videos receive by 50 percent. In the future, the company said, it will recommend videos from more authoritative sources, like top news channels, in its “next watch” panel.

Finally, YouTube said it would restrict channels from monetizing their videos if they are found to “repeatedly brush up against our hate speech policies.” Those channels will not be able to run ads or use Super Chat, which lets channel subscribers pay creators directly for extra chat features. The last change comes after BuzzFeed reported that the paid commenting system had been used to fund creators of videos featuring racism and hate speech.

YouTube has been receiving complaints about this stuff for years, and it took them this long to really get serious about it. 

Gee, I wonder if this means that Donald Trump speeches will no longer be uploaded to YouTube?

I mean if we are serious about keeping white supremacists off of YouTube……

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3 Comments

  1. Frankfurt School June 7, 2019 at 7:58 am

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/06/heres-how-the-media-is-legitimizing-a-century-old-nazi-trope/

    When Norwegian right-winger Anders Breivik invoked “cultural Marxism” as the reason for his 77-person killing spree in 2011-
    The phrase is seeping into mainstream media discourse, a far cry from its former days as an extremist catch phrase, and it’s creating a dangerous situation with an ominous historical context.
    it is the belief that a failure by communists to topple capitalism through worker revolt has led to a “Plan B” to destroy Western society from the inside. By tearing down the gender binary, de-centering Christianity values, championing the weak over the privileged and creating a multicultural society, revolutionaries have unanchored traditional Western order. Everything from gay rights to Muslim immigration is, in the language of the far right, part of a plot to finish the job that radical worker organizing could not.
    “They should define it as an antisemitic conspiracy theory with no basis in fact,” “It is legitimizing the use of that framework, and therefore it’s coded antisemitism,”

  2. JB$ June 7, 2019 at 9:04 am

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/06/presbyterian-minister-accused-of-using-bizarre-exorcism-rituals-to-sexually-abuse-depressed-men/

    https://www.mycentraljersey.com/in-depth/news/investigations/watchdog/2019/06/04/longtime-linden-minister-used-oral-sex-exorcism-ritual-men-claim/1141540001/

    A Presbyterian minister with deep ties to Union County stands accused of using oral sex in exorcism rituals on victims seeking his counseling.
    The three individuals making the allegations have agreed to allow their names and details of the allegations from the testimonies to be published.

    #Weaver,69
    Weaver, a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, has served as chaplain of the Union County Police Department, the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter No. 779, and the Hospice Division of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, where he also served as a member of the ethics committee, according to his resume on Linkedin.com.
    “He did good on one hand, but he’s like a Jekyll and Hyde,”
    Long and telling…

  3. Anon June 7, 2019 at 10:43 am

    This seems like a *the glass is half full* kind of outlook. It’s progress. Be happy.

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