YouTube to Ban 'Hateful' Videos, Channels

© AP Photo / Danny MoloshokThis Oct. 21, 2015, file photo shows signage inside the YouTube Space LA offices in Los Angeles. YouTube’s inability to keep ads off unsavory videos is threatening to transform a rising star in Google’s digital family into a problem child. The key question is whether a recently launched ad boycott of YouTube turns out to be short-lived or the start of a long-term marketing shift away that undercuts Google’s growth, as well as Alphabet Inc., its corporate parent.
This Oct. 21, 2015, file photo shows signage inside the YouTube Space LA offices in Los Angeles. YouTube’s inability to keep ads off unsavory videos is threatening to transform a rising star in Google’s digital family into a problem child. The key question is whether a recently launched ad boycott of YouTube turns out to be short-lived or the start of a long-term marketing shift away that undercuts Google’s growth, as well as Alphabet Inc., its corporate parent. - Sputnik International
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The popular online video service failed to mention any specific channels or videos that would be prohibited, according to The New York Times.

The video sharing and streaming service YouTube announced plans on Wednesday to get rid of thousands of videos and channels promoting "white supremacy and hate"; the move was made "to prevent extremism and hate speech", the company said.

"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 said.

The service stressed that it was its "responsibility to protect that, and prevent our platform from being used to incite hatred, harassment, discrimination and violence."  

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The company added that channels uploading hateful content but not violating the platform's rules in the majority of its videos may get strikes in accordance with YouTube's three-strike enforcement system; however, an immediate ban would not follow.

YouTube will also be expanding to the rest of the world a policy initiated in the United States on 1 January to limit borderline content and harmful misinformation, such as videos promoting a phony miracle cure for a serious illness, or claiming the earth is flat.

This comes after in March another tech giant Facebook announced a ban on "praise, support and representation of white nationalism and white separatism," which the social network company said it start enforcing in April. According to Facebook, these concepts are "deeply linked to organised hate groups and have no place" on its services.

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