YouTube to ban supremacist and hoax videos in tougher hate speech policy

Vox video producer Carlos Maza

Vox video producer Carlos Maza

Burzum frontman Varg Vikernes' Youtube channel, Thulean Perspective was one of the casualties of the new ban.

Gizmodo reached out to Youtube about this, and they responded, "Crowder has not instructed his viewers to harass Maza on YouTube or any other platform and the main point of these videos was not to harass or threaten, but rather to respond to the opinion".

It also seems somewhat hypocritical that at the same time YouTube declined to ban Crowder, they also announced a new policy prohibiting all "videos alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion" and are "partnering closely with lawmakers and civil society around the globe" to do it.

"YouTube announced plans on Wednesday to remove thousands of videos and channels that advocate for neo-Nazism, white supremacy and other bigoted ideologies in an attempt to clean up extremism and hate speech on its popular service", reports the New York Times.

Despite this, in a response to Maza's tweets, YouTube said that Crowder's videos would be allowed to remain on the site. These videos get millions of views on YouTube.

Third, YouTube will restrict video monetization if videos are found to "repeatedly brush up against [YouTube's] hate speech policies".

In a troubling portion of the statement, Youtube declared it would highlight "authoritative content" but does not make clear what meets those standards.

Crowder has almost 4 million YouTube subscribers.

"YouTube said its "teams spent the last few days conducting an in-depth review of the videos", adding: "[While the] language that was clearly hurtful, the videos as posted don't violate our policies".

Maza responded angrily to the announcement and demanded more action be taken against Crowder.

Moreover, Maza called out at the platform for sporting a rainbow-striped logo to celebrate Pride month.

'These videos make a target of ridiculous harassment, and it makes my life sort of miserable, ' Maza wrote in a tweet.

Other types of videos to be removed under YouTube's new rules include conspiracy theories about Jews running the world, calls to deny women civil rights on the grounds they are less intelligent than men, and some white nationalist content, Shadloo said.

YouTube then explained to Gizmodo that it assessed whether Crowder's "criticism is focused primarily on debating the opinions expressed or is exclusively malicious", and determined that "the main point of these videos was not to harass or threaten, but rather respond to the opinion [s]" posted by Maza.

In the compilation video, Crowder is seen, across multiple episodes, calling Maza a "lispy sprite", a "little queer", "an angry little queer", and a "gay Mexican", and using an anti-trans slur he is also fond of throwing around in his videos.

YouTube for years has stood by its policy of allowing diverse commentary on history, race and other fraught issues, even if some of it was objectionable to many users. The Steven Crowder channel is still on YouTube and has 3.8 million subscribers, though.

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