YouTube announced on Wednesday it was going to update its content rules to reflect a number of troubling videos within the website, particularly those dealing with bigotry and hatred toward particular groups of people.
The company stated that videos promoting the superiority of one group over another — such as videos promoting neo-Nazism or other forms of white supremacy — would no longer be allowed to exist on the platform, NBC News reported.
In a blog post announcing the decision, YouTube made clear that the new policy would aim to promote a more inclusive atmosphere by limiting content from hateful ideologies on the site that seeks to attack certain peoples.
“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 internet video website stated that it would also remove videos that denied “well-documented violent events,” such as the Holocaust or the Sandy Hook shooting massacre.
New: YouTube is removing thousands of videos from white supremacists and tightening its hate speech policies.
At the same time, it is under fire for allowing a popular right-wing creator to harass @gaywonk.
Making rules is easier than enforcing them! https://t.co/PCtM5eGnjn
— Kevin Roose (@kevinroose) June 5, 2019
Additionally, YouTube will take limited action against videos that fit into gray areas — so-called “borderline videos” that are somewhat misleading, but perhaps not quite hateful, would be matched with other “authoritative sources” to counter misleading claims, the company said.
Some on the right have been critical of social media websites, including YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook, taking actions that they say limit people’s speech rights. President Donald Trump has come out against such moves, too, reported the New York Times.
On the other side of the coin, watchdog groups have bemoaned the slow pace at which sites like YouTube have taken in order to address hate on their platforms.
Problems still abound: on Tuesday, YouTube announced that complaints brought about by Vox journalist Carlos Maza would not result in actions against right-wing commentator Steven Crowder, who has repeatedly used slurs against Maza deriding his Cuban-American heritage as well as his sexuality.
“@YouTube has decided not to punish Crowder, after he spent two years harassing me for being gay and Latino,” Maza tweeted out on Tuesday. “I don’t know what to say.”
I don’t know what to say.
@YouTube has decided not to punish Crowder, after he spent two years harassing me for being gay and Latino.
I don't know what to say. https://t.co/EFvWCNvPms
— Carlos Maza (@gaywonk) June 4, 2019