YouTube recently revealed that it would begin to ban clips that promote or encourage racism and discrimination.
The video-sharing platform disclosed that any video that denies properly-documented violent events such as the Holocaust or the Sandy Hook school shooting will not escape the ban as well.
This information is the most recent step by the Google-owned company to curb hateful and violent content, which has fuelled cries for stricter rules and regulations.
On its blog, YouTube made shared this statement, “Today, 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.”
“YouTube has always had rules of the road, including a longstanding policy against hate speech.”
“We have longstanding advertiser-friendly guidelines that prohibit ads from running on videos that include hateful content and we enforce these rigorously.”
“We will begin enforcing this updated policy today; however, it will take time for our systems to fully ramp up and we’ll be gradually expanding coverage over the next several months.”
“Channels that repeatedly brush up against our hate speech policies will be suspended from the YouTube Partner program, meaning they can’t run ads on their channel or use other monetization features.”
Reacting to this decision, The Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors white supremacists and other extremist groups said the move is a step in the right direction.
The group’s intelligence director, Heidi Beirich said, “As with other outlets before it, YouTube’s decision to remove hateful content depends on its ability to enact and enforce policies and procedures that will prevent this content from becoming a global organizing tool for the radical right.”
“Tech companies must proactively tackle the problem of hateful content that is easily found on their platforms before it leads to more hate-inspired violence.”