This is an Blatant ATTACK on conservatives…
Youtube will now delete thousands of accounts after banning “supremacists”, conspiracy theorists and other harmful accounts, it has claimed.
The decision was made after an interview of its rules on hateful content, YouTube stated. While it has always banned hate content in general, other kinds of “supremacist” content, will now be officially banned.
“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 wrote.
This change is expected to remove thousands of accounts as it goes into place, though that could take some time. “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,” its announcement read.
YouTube did not give any specific examples of accounts that would be removed.
YouTube noted that some of those accounts are useful to researchers, it also said the change would not affect videos that are discussing “pending legislation, aim to condemn or expose hate, or provide analysis of current events”.
YouTube has repeatedly criticised for its approach towards various kinds of harmful content.That criticism became even more prominent in the wake of the Christchurch shooting, when it and other video sites failed to quickly remove videos of the mass murder.
But right-wing channels make up a significant part of YouTube’s channels and their viewers. Earlier this year, Bloomberg reported that far-right videos were one of the most popular categories.