The company has also announced plans to remove obvious hate speech and will ban "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".
Yesterday I wrote about the ongoing public battle between Vox's Carlos Maza and Steven Crowder.
YouTube said on Wednesday it would remove videos that deny factual catastrophes such as the Holocaust ever happened and stop sharing ad revenue with channels that skirt too close to its rules, a major policy reversal as it fights criticism that it provides a platform for hate speech and harassment.
Thousands of channels that do not quite break the rules will also be restricted by Youtube, by stopping recommending their video, which is known to reduce their views by 80%. According to Complex, the platform is introducing an anti-hate speech policy which they hope will "specifically prohibit" videos that promote any sort of discrimination or hate by way of supremacy/superiority. "YouTube has publicly stated that racist and homophobic abuse would now not violate their anti-bullying insurance policies", he acknowledged.
YouTube would like to be commended for this courageous stance, but it's tough to take the site's word on any of this.
A day later, Fischer, who documents cases of activism and extremism, was swept up in the latest controversy surrounding the streaming media giant as it grappled with its ever-evolving content strategy. Examples include Holocaust denier content and videos promoting the so-called "Sandy Hook Truther" agenda, which promotes the claim that the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary was a hoax.More news: Watch the EA Play E3 2019 press conference live stream right here
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Those channels will not be able to run ads or use Super Chat, which lets channel subscribers pay creators directly for extra chat features. In the past, it's tried to bury videos containing hate speech and racism by making them harder to find on the site.
Maza himself said YouTube has normalized hate speech "by treating it like a part of regular political discourse".
Meanwhile, YouTube is celebrating LGBT Pride Month by changing its Twitter avatar photos to ones referencing the rainbow flag.
A history teacher in Romania, Scott Allsop, was also banned for posting videos that included archival footage of Nazi propaganda, which he used for teaching.
A Bloomberg report in April said that in recent years, "scores of people inside YouTube and Google. raised concerns about the mass of false, incendiary, and toxic content that the world's largest video site surfaced and spread".
YouTube did not disclose the names of any groups or channels that may be banned.