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YouTube cracks down on videos with supremacist content


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YouTube is one of the platforms most under pressure to tackle hate content in 2019, and yesterday it announced its latest moves.

“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,” announced YouTube in a blog post. “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.”

Some music videos will inevitably fall into these categories: for example from white-supremacist bands, whose music has also been removed from audio-streaming services in recent years. YouTube’s changes are welcome, although as ever, there will be plenty of people watching to see how effective they are.

Stuart Dredge

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