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YouTube issues sitewide crackdown on ‘hateful’ videos

YouTube issues sitewide crackdown on ‘hateful’ videos

Postby smix » Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:19 pm

YouTube issues sitewide crackdown on ‘hateful’ videos
New York Post

URL; https://nypost.com/2019/06/05/youtube-i ... ul-videos/
Category: Politics
Published: June 5, 2019

Description: YouTube will yank down and ban “hateful” and “supremacist” videos — including those that deny violent, well-documented events such as the Holocaust, the company announced Wednesday. “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 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.” Critics have accused the video-sharing website of enabling hate speech by turning a blind eye to it on its platform.
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YouTube will remove more white supremacist and hoax videos, a more aggressive stance on hate speech

Postby smix » Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:29 pm

YouTube will remove more white supremacist and hoax videos, a more aggressive stance on hate speech
The Washington Post

URL: https://www.washingtonpost.com/technolo ... ch-effort/
Category: Politics
Published: June 5, 2019

Description: SAN FRANCISCO -- YouTube said Wednesday it will remove false videos alleging that major events like the Holocaust didn’t happen, as well as a broad array of content by white supremacists and others in a move to more aggressively crack down on hate speech. The Google-owned video site, along with its Silicon Valley peers, is starting to take a broader view of hate speech in the face of criticism that it has failed to prevent the spread of harmful videos that distort world events, hurt children or promote discriminatory ideologies. On Tuesday, for instance, Vox Media called out YouTube for failing to remove homophobic and racist videos attacking one of its reporters. While YouTube, which has over 1.8 billion daily users, has long prohibited videos that promote violence or hatred against people based on their age, religious beliefs, gender, religion, immigration status, sexual orientation and other protected categories, the new hate speech policy will go further. The policies will specifically ban videos “alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation, or exclusion,” based on those categories. That would include groups that “glorify Nazi ideology,” the company said in its announcement, because such beliefs were “inherently discriminatory.” YouTube said the change in policy will result in the removal of thousands of channels. Previously, the company had drawn a fine line between “hate” and “superiority,” choosing to limit the spread of white supremacy videos by removing them from algorithmic recommendations and not allowing advertising on them, but not removing them unless they expressly promoted violence. The stance allowed many videos to slip through the cracks. In 2018, The Washington Post reported that users on social media sites popular with hate groups, such as Gab.ai and 4chan, linked to YouTube more often than any other site. The company will also remove content denying that well-documented violent events took place, like the Holocaust or the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Victims of those events will also be considered protected under the company’s new policies, as will people in protected castes in India, where certain castes are routinely subject to discrimination. Wednesday’s decision to wipe videos that distort or deny major world events stands in contrast to rivals Facebook and Twitter, which allow hoaxes on their platforms as long as they don’t promote or lead to violence. In Facebook’s case, the company includes a tab with additional reporting that debunks the false narrative. Twitter maintains that false information will be swiftly corrected by its user base of journalists and other fact-checkers. Critics have said that providing a way for users to navigate to more accurate information does not go far enough to quell the problems caused by hoaxes. The issue came to a head recently, when Facebook refused to take down a video that distorted the speech of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, making her look drunk, even as the video spread virally across the platform. YouTube took down the video immediately because it has long prohibited altering videos with the purpose to deceive the public. (YouTube allows other hoaxes on the platform so long as they don’t promote violence or alter a video clip.) Twitter also kept the video up. Facebook bans white supremacy, white nationalism, and other hateful ideologies, but Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg has also defended leaving up content that could derive from that ideology, such as denying the Holocaust. After an outcry from advertisers in 2017, YouTube updated its policies to ban ads from appearing alongside content that is hateful, promotes discrimination, or disparaged or humiliated protected groups and moved to limit recommendations. The company claims that this step reduced videos of those videos by 80 percent. Critics charged that the company had higher standards for protecting advertisers than for the public, and that hateful videos were allowed to stay up on the site and spread widely even though they had lost ad revenue.
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YouTube to remove hateful, supremacist content

Postby smix » Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:36 pm

YouTube to remove hateful, supremacist content
Reuters

URL: https://www.reuters.com/article/alphabe ... SL4N23C3CL
Category: Politics
Published: June 5, 2019

Description: (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc’s YouTube said on Wednesday it is taking further steps to remove hate speech and prohibit videos that justify discrimination, promote segregation or glorify Nazi ideology. In a blog post, YouTube said it would remove contents that deny violent events like the Holocaust or the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary.



YouTube reversal bans Holocaust hoaxers, stops pay for borderline creators
Reuters

URL: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-alph ... SKCN1T623X
Category: Politics
Published: June 5, 2019

Description: SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - 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. The streaming service, owned by Alphabet Inc’s Google, said it was taking aim at videos claiming school shootings and other “well-documented violent events” are hoaxes. It also will remove videos that glorify Nazi ideology or promote groups that claim superiority to justify discrimination. In addition, video creators that repeatedly brush up against YouTube’s hate speech rules, even without violating them, will be removed from its advertising revenue-sharing program, YouTube spokesman Farshad Shadloo said. YouTube applied the policy with immediate effect, announcing on Twitter that it suspended “monetization” for self-described conservative comedian Steven Crowder after days of complaints from journalists and gay rights advocates that his comments about a gay journalist amounted to bigotry. Crowder responded in a Twitter video that the policy would hurt many creators. “The ability for one to make a living online, particularly on YouTube, is about to change drastically,” he said. Criticism of the policy swelled on Twitter as several users said they also received monetization suspensions. They said they were told they could change their content and re-apply to the program in 30 days. “Taking steps impacting people’s speech should be done with care, with attention to context, with clarity and transparency, and a meaningful, timely opportunity to appeal,” said Katharine Trendacosta, manager of policy and activism at the online rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation. “What YouTube is doing does not appear to follow these ideas.” 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. Regulators, advertisers and users have said that free speech should have its limits online, where conspiracies and hate travel fast and can radicalize viewers. The threat of widespread regulation, and a few advertiser boycotts, appear to have spurred more focus on the issue from YouTube and researchers.
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In a blog post, the company did not explain why it changed its stance but said it consulted with dozens of experts in extremism and civil rights. YouTube acknowledged the new policies could hurt those who seek out objectionable videos “to understand hate in order to combat it.” The policies will also frustrate free speech advocates. “YouTube as a private company is well within its rights,” said Jennifer Granick, a speech and technology expert at the American Civil Liberties Union. But “YouTube will make mistakes, and over-censor.” Jonathan Greenblatt, chief executive of the Anti-Defamation League, which researches anti-Semitism, said it had provided input to YouTube on the policy change. “While this is an important step forward, this move alone is insufficient and must be followed by many more changes from YouTube and other tech companies to adequately counter the scourge of online hate and extremism,” he said in a statement. 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 said creators in the revenue-sharing program who are repeatedly found posting borderline hate content would be notified when they do it one too many times and could appeal their termination. The company did not respond to questions about what the limit on such postings would be. The policy applied to Crowder’s comedy channel because its “pattern of egregious actions has harmed the broader community,” YouTube said.
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Our ongoing work to tackle hate

Postby smix » Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:40 pm

Our ongoing work to tackle hate
Youtube Official Blog

URL: https://youtube.googleblog.com/2019/06/ ... -hate.html
Category: Politics
Published: June 5, 2019

Description: Over the past few years, we’ve been investing in the policies, resources and products needed to live up to our responsibility and protect the YouTube community from harmful content. This work has focused on four pillars: removing violative content, raising up authoritative content, reducing the spread of borderline content and rewarding trusted creators. Thanks to these investments, videos that violate our policies are removed faster than ever and users are seeing less borderline content and harmful misinformation. As we do this, we’re partnering closely with lawmakers and civil society around the globe to limit the spread of violent extremist content online. We review our policies on an ongoing basis to make sure we are drawing the line in the right place: In 2018 alone, we made more than 30 policy updates. One of the most complex and constantly evolving areas we deal with is hate speech. We’ve been taking a close look at our approach towards hateful content in consultation with dozens of experts in subjects like violent extremism, supremacism, civil rights, and free speech. Based on those learnings, we are making several updates:
Removing more hateful and supremacist content from YouTube
YouTube has always had rules of the road, including a longstanding policy against hate speech. In 2017, we introduced a tougher stance towards videos with supremacist content, including limiting recommendations and features like comments and the ability to share the video. This step dramatically reduced views to these videos (on average 80%). 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. 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. We recognize some of this content has value to researchers and NGOs looking to understand hate in order to combat it, and we are exploring options to make it available to them in the future. And as always, context matters, so some videos could remain up because they discuss topics like pending legislation, aim to condemn or expose hate, or provide analysis of current events. We will begin enforcing this updated policy today; however, it will take time for our systems to fully ramp up and we’ll be gradually expanding coverage over the next several months.
Reducing borderline content and raising up authoritative voices
In addition to removing videos that violate our policies, we also want to reduce the spread of content that comes right up to the line. In January, we piloted an update of our systems in the U.S. to limit recommendations of borderline content and harmful misinformation, such as videos promoting a phony miracle cure for a serious illness, or claiming the earth is flat. We’re looking to bring this updated system to more countries by the end of 2019. Thanks to this change, the number of views this type of content gets from recommendations has dropped by over 50% in the U.S. Our systems are also getting smarter about what types of videos should get this treatment, and we’ll be able to apply it to even more borderline videos moving forward. As we do this, we’ll also start raising up more authoritative content in recommendations, building on the changes we made to news last year. For example, if a user is watching a video that comes close to violating our policies, our systems may include more videos from authoritative sources (like top news channels) in the "watch next" panel.
Continuing to reward trusted creators and enforce our monetization policies
Finally, it’s critical that our monetization systems reward trusted creators who add value to YouTube. We have longstanding advertiser-friendly guidelines that prohibit ads from running on videos that include hateful content and we enforce these rigorously. And in order to protect our ecosystem of creators, advertisers and viewers, we tightened our advertising criteria in 2017. In the case of hate speech, we are strengthening enforcement of our existing YouTube Partner Program policies. Channels that repeatedly brush up against our hate speech policies will be suspended from the YouTube Partner program, meaning they can’t run ads on their channel or use other monetization features like Super Chat. The openness of YouTube’s platform has helped creativity and access to information thrive. It’s our responsibility to protect that, and prevent our platform from being used to incite hatred, harassment, discrimination and violence. We are committed to taking the steps needed to live up to this responsibility today, tomorrow and in the years to come.
— The YouTube Team
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YouTube Cuts Off Conservative, Independent Journalists After Vox Outrage Campaign

Postby smix » Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:59 pm

YouTube Cuts Off Conservative, Independent Journalists After Vox Outrage Campaign
Breitbart News

URL: https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2019/06/ ... -campaign/
category: Politics
Published: June 5, 2019

Description: YouTube has begun a purge of what it calls “hate” and “misinformation” from the platform, as well as a push to strip ad revenue (“demonetize”) channels that “brush up” against the platform’s increasingly draconian speech codes. The move follows a pro-censorship campaign led by Vox Media reporter Carlos Maza. YouTube also pledged to push more “authoritative” content from “trusted” sources to users — mainstream media like NBC and CNN fall into this category. The channels that have been demonetized include independent journalist Ford Fischer, libertarian anti-globalist news channel Press For Truth, SJW critic Sinatra_Says, and conservative comedian Steven Crowder. The latest purge followed a relentless pro-censorship campaign led by far-left Vox Media reporter Carlos Maza, who objected to content produced by Steven Crowder. YouTube has now targeted not just Crowder, but a range of independent video creators. “As an independent news producer, I don’t have any salary whatsoever. I live in DC and travel the country covering activism because I think it’s important — especially in this political moment — to have raw documentation of everything that goes on” said Ford Fischer, a former production assistant at Fox News. “Good, bad, or ugly, we as press have an obligation to film it as impartially as we can.” “It’s true that the mainstream media covers many of the same issues that I do, and they never seem to encounter the same censorship” Fischer continued. “There are numerous examples, but as a simple one I’d note that Vice has embedded with neo-Nazi organizations many, many times. I’ve worked alongside them in doing so, and I’ve licensed [reports] to them about a dozen times for their coverage. Vice will probably never find itself on the chopping block.” “The demonetization of my work on Youtube effectively cuts my bottom line livelihood in half” said Fischer. Conservative commentator Hunter Avallone also told Breitbart News that some of his videos were demonetized today. Left-wing podcast The Drunken Peasants said that one of their videos had been removed, allegedly for mocking a Sandy Hook conspiracy theorist.
This is a video from 4 years ago where we mocked a conspiracy theorist that we called "Kinky Joe" for claiming Sandy Hook was a false flag. Today YouTube decided to first disable comments on it and later remove it. How was it not clear that we were condemning these beliefs?
— Drunken Peasants (@DrunkenPeasants) June 5, 2019

Alt-right YouTube channels Varg Vikernes and The Great Order have reportedly been banned from the platform, while European identitarian Martin Sellner, American identitarian James Allsup and alt-right channel Red Ice TV have also been demonetized. Videos from Milo Yiannopoulos, Gavin McInnes, and Black Pigeon Speaks have reportedly been deleted. YouTube explained its reasoning in a blog post:
In 2017, we introduced a tougher stance towards videos with supremacist content, including limiting recommendations and features like comments and the ability to share the video. This step dramatically reduced views to these videos (on average 80%). 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. 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.

On promoting “authoritative sources,” YouTube said it would deliberately push mainstream media content to users who are watching so-called “borderline” content (content that YouTube says “brushes up” against its rules against hate speech and misinformation).
We’ll also start raising up more authoritative content in recommendations, building on the changes we made to news last year. For example, if a user is watching a video that comes close to violating our policies, our systems may include more videos from authoritative sources (like top news channels) in the “watch next” panel.

Finally, YouTube explained why channels were being demonetized.
Channels that repeatedly brush up against our hate speech policies will be suspended from the YouTube Partner program, meaning they can’t run ads on their channel or use other monetization features like Super Chat.

All of this is, of course, a massive departure from YouTube’s pre-2016 policies, where creators were allowed to create virtually any kind of lawful content and monetize it. Since 2016, YouTube has been under constant pressure from the mainstream media and left-wing activists to censor its platform. The pressure has paid off. As Breitbart News exclusively reported earlier this year, YouTube has begun deliberately reordering results for “controversial search queries,” in one case pushing pro-life videos out of the top ten search results for “abortion” and “abortions” following a complaint from a left-wing journalist.



Ford Fischer: YouTube Censorship Corrupts the Historical Record
Breitbart News

URL: https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2019/06/ ... al-record/
category: Politics
Published: June 6, 2019

Description: Independent video journalist Ford Fischer warned of online censorship corrupting the historical record via deletion of content documenting live events in a Thursday interview on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow. He also discussed YouTube’s recent demonetization of his channel — including its removal of some of his videos, which harm his ability to produce independent journalism. Following Vox Media’s Carlos Maza’s “pro-censorship campaign” against conservative comedian Steven Crowder, Fischer’s YouTube channel was demonetized as part of the Google subsidiary’s expanding political censorship. Fischer’s channel was caught up in what social media users are calling the #VoxAdpocalypse. On Wednesday, Fischer invited followers to support his work via donations to Patreon.
Today, @YouTube pulled the rug out from my income, my entire livelihood. Follows are awesome. People tweeting to YouTube is cool. But I need income to support my work after people forget about this. Please support me on Patreon:
— Ford Fischer (@FordFischer) June 6, 2019

Fischer’s work is primarily video documentation of political activists’ events. “My outlet is basically about raw footage,” explained Fischer. “I go to activists’ situations, protests, usually with two sides possibly in play. … So I go out and I film every side of a situation and I talk to every side of a situation, and I do livestreams and then YouTube videos that basically just display raw footage of the activism that goes on.”



Fischer continued, “It has very little, if any, commentary from me. We make captions and descriptions that are just enough context to understand what happens, but I really try to present the content in a way that allows the people to make their own decisions as they’re watching it about the points being made by sides of a given conflict.” Fischer went on, “My outlet is not left-wing or right-wing. It doesn’t endorse any particular side of the activism that I’m covering, but a lot of it has focused on extremism or elements that YouTube probably considers to be unsavory, and wouldn’t want those people posting on YouTube themselves.” “It seems that YouTube picked up on my coverage as a reason to demonetize my entire channel and delete a few of my videos,” speculated Fischer, who said YouTube had not explained its censorship of his content. “[My videos] are entirely for the sake of history and news purposes, stated Fischer, “They’ve been used in a couple of dozen documentaries. This is not meant as propaganda for any given side, this is for history and news’ sake.” Fischer determined, “I put the blame squarely on Big Tech. I put the blame squarely on YouTube. I know there’s a lot of attention, right now, on Vox itself and even on Carlos, in particular. In my opinion, he’s one of so many people who call for Big Tech censorship.” “At the end of the day, the question is: ‘Is YouTube going to bow down to that sort of pressure, and if they do, how narrowly are they going to do it?'” asked Fischer. Fischer noted the “arbitrary and vague” nature of censorship deployed by Silicon Valley-based technology companies, which include prohibitions against “hate speech” and other indefinable categories of expression. “I do think it underlines a issue of censorship, though, which is that the more arbitrary and vague rules that you apply, the harder it is to understand what content isn’t going to be acceptable,” assessed Fischer. “I think that it’s clearly demonstrable that my work is useful for history’s purposes. … It has historical value and relevance.” Fischer remarked, “They haven’t given me any kind of specifics about what exactly they would expect from me in order to reinstate my account fully.”



Google Censors Video Exposing Google
Breitbart News

URL: https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2019/06/ ... ng-google/
category: Politics
Published: June 24, 2019

Description: Google-owned video platform YouTube took down a video from Project Veritas showing a senior employee at the company appearing to admit that the company plans to interfere in the next presidential election to stop Donald Trump. The video, which is still available on the Project Veritas website featured undercover footage of a top Google employee, Jen Gennai, stating that the company shouldn’t be broken up because only they can prevent the “next Trump situation.” Via the video:
Elizabeth Warren is saying we should break up Google. And like, I love her but she’s very misguided, like that will not make it better it will make it worse, because all these smaller companies who don’t have the same resources that we do will be charged with preventing the next Trump situation, it’s like a small company cannot do that.

This corroborates other leaks from Google. Earlier this year, former Google software engineer Mike Wacker published emails appearing to show that a manager at the tech giant told one of their subordinates that the company had to stop “fake news” and “hate speech” because “that’s how Trump won.” James O’Keefe urged viewers to download the video and repost it to ensure it could not easily be censored.
BREAKING: YOUTUBE/GOOGLE HAS REMOVED OUR GOOGLE INVESTIGATION as it was approaching 50K likes and a million views. IMPORTANT: Please download it on @bitchute and repost it.

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— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) June 25, 2019

And last year, Breitbart News published confidential footage from inside Google showing the company’s head of global affairs, Kent Walker, stating his intention to make the populist-nationalist movement represented by Donald Trump a “blip” or “hiccup” in history. Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe reported on Twitter earlier today that the journalistic outlet received a privacy complaint on its YouTube videos. “Privacy” is the same excuse used by the tech giant for taking down a video about one of Veritas’ earlier stories, about anti-Christian bias at image platform Pinterest. Google did not respond to a request for comment from Breitbart News.



Court to Hold Hearing on PragerU Lawsuit Against Google for YouTube Censorship
Breitbart News

URL: https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2019/08/ ... ensorship/
category: Politics
Published: August 26, 2019

Description: PragerU has announced that its case against Google and YouTube over claims of online censorship will be heard in court on Tuesday. PragerU has announced that on August 27, 2019, it will be appearing before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in a lawsuit against Google and YouTube over the censorship of PragerU videos on the platform. PragerU, founded by conservative radio host Dennis Prager, produces short educational videos on conservative ideals and history. PragerU has faced censorship from YouTube on a number of occasions, with the group’s videos being placed behind age rating warnings and videos discussing the ten commandments being placed under YouTube’s “restricted” mode. During a Senate committee hearing in July, Prager discussed the restricted ten commandment video telling Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN): “So — we have a solution, we’ll put up [a video] without ‘thou shalt not murder’ in it. I feel like I’m in a Monty Python skit here, when [a Google executive] says something like that.” Prager continued: “The only possible explanation for all of this is they don’t like PragerU, because we’re a very, very influential conservative voice touching a lot of lives,” Prager added: “There is no other explanation. If [videos] cannot be seen by any family that restricts pornography and violence, if no school can see it — if no library can show it, that’s a very serious restriction. Especially given that our target audience is young people. So they’re depriving us of the very people that we most want to touch with our message.” PragerU announced its hearing before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in a tweet, stating that the lawsuit pertains to the restriction of over 200 PragerU videos on YouTube:
WE'RE GOING TO COURT! This Tuesday we will be going to the Ninth Circuit Court in our lawsuit against Google & YouTube for restricting over 200 PragerU videos. The mainstream media continues to ignore this historic case – will they cover the upcoming hearing on Tuesday?

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— PragerU (@prageru) August 24, 2019

The tweet states that the mainstream media has ignored the historic case and asks will they cover the hearing on Tuesday. Whether the mainstream media does or not, Breitbart News will indeed be following and reporting on the hearing. PragerU plans to release information about the hearing via its Facebook page. A recent report from investigative journalism group Project Veritas claims that leaked internal Google documents shows a Google employee and a member of a Google “transparency-and-ethics” group calling conservative and libertarian commentators such as Dennis Prager, Ben Shapiro, and Jordan Peterson, “Nazis.” The email was sent as part of internal communications between the Google “transparency-and-ethics” group and suggests that content published by PragerU, Jordan Peterson, and Ben Shapiro should be removed from the “suggestion feature.”
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YouTube ends monetization of conservative commentator Steven Crowder's channel after left-wing outrage

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YouTube ends monetization of conservative commentator Steven Crowder's channel after left-wing outrage
Fox News

URL: https://www.foxnews.com/tech/youtube-st ... dpocalypse
Category: Politics
Published: June 5, 2019

Description: In an abrupt reversal amid an ongoing online firestorm, YouTube announced Wednesday that it would block conservative commentator Steven Crowder from making any money on videos he uploaded to the site, following a torrent of outrage from left-wing groups about insulting remarks he made about a gay journalist at Vox. YouTube, a Google subsidiary, claimed Crowder had engaged in a "continued egregious actions that have harmed the broader community." At the same time, the company stopped short of banning Crowder and deleting his videos entirely, as many progressive groups and journalists demanded. But Crowder's demonetization, in turn, prompted conservatives to renew charges of large-scale censorship and hypocrisy against the big tech giant. Several right-leaning content creators charged that YouTube was engaged in an apparent "purge" Wednesday against their channels, which were not directly related to the Crowder dispute. "Vox is still going to be pissed; they're not going to be happy with this," Crowder said in a video posted to his Twitter account after learning about YouTube's action, calling the situation a brewing "Adpocalypse." Crowder has more than 3.7 million subscribers on YouTube. "It's not a win," he continued, "because their goal is to completely get rid of people. We're at a point in time right now where people can still have a voice, but a lot of people are going to lose their ability to lose revenue." In a livestream Wednesday afternoon, Crowder highlighted a series of unpunished hateful comments made by liberal commentators -- including Stephen Colbert's reference to President Trump as "Putin's c--kholster," and Samantha Bee's mockery of Ivanka Trump as a "feckless c--t." The episode began May 30 with a viral Twitter post by Vox journalist Carlos Maza, which contained video montage of derogatory comments Crowder had made about Maza in the past two years. In the various clips, Crowder variously refers to Maza as an "angry little queer," a "gay Mexican," and "Mr. Lispy queer from Vox." Maza, an openly gay partisan activist, has himself previously used aggressive language on social media. "Milkshake them all," he wrote May 21, referring to right-wing activists. "Humiliate them at every turn. Make them dread public organizing." On Tuesday, YouTube initially responded to Maza's complaint with a statement explaining it would take no action. "Our teams spent the last few days conducting an in-depth review of the videos flagged to us, and while we found language that was clearly hurtful, the videos as posted don’t violate our policies," Youtube wrote at the time. "As an open platform, it’s crucial for us to allow everyone–from creators to journalists to late-night TV hosts–to express their opinions w/in the scope of our policies. Opinions can be deeply offensive, but if they don’t violate our policies, they’ll remain on our site." The company added: "Even if a video remains on our site, it doesn’t mean we endorse/support that viewpoint. There are other aspects of the channel that we’re still evaluating– we’ll be in touch with any further updates." In a response to an inquiry from the tech blog Gizmodo later Tuesday, YouTube elaborated on its reasoning. Gizmodo published the comments even though YouTube's media relations department had indicated they were provided "on background," meaning not for direct quotation. "In videos flagged to YouTube, 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," YouTube said, according to Gizmodo. "There is certain behavior that is never ok: that includes encouraging viewers to harass others online and offline, or revealing nonpublic personal information (doxxing). None of Maza’s personal information was ever revealed in content uploaded by Crowder and flagged to our teams for review." YouTube's reasoning prompted a slew of criticism from progressives and members of the media. An article in The Washington Post was headlined: "A right-wing YouTuber hurled racist, homophobic taunts at a gay reporter. The company did nothing." (Crowder, on Thursday, said the Post attempted to contact him by emailing his merchandising email account, not his press account, just one hour before publication.) On Twitter, Maza wrote, "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." Meanwhile, Crowder pointed out that Maza has repeatedly referred to himself as a "queer." At the same time, Crowder acknowledged the concerns and vowed to work to improve. In a video, he argued: “Did I ever offhandedly use the term lispy queer? I really don’t remember it, but it sounds like me. Why? Because you speak with a lisp and you refer to yourself as a queer. ... It’s funny, and this is a comedy show." But on Wednesday, YouTube apparently changed its mind about Crowder. "Update on our continued review–we have suspended this channel’s monetization," YouTube wrote, adding that Crowder would have to make fundamental changes to the entire channel if he wanted the decision reversed. "We came to this decision because a pattern of egregious actions has harmed the broader community and is against our YouTube Partner Program policies." The company linked to a longer statement that reaffirmed the company's purported commitment to free speech while outlining a series of actions it would take against certain kinds of offensive conduct, including demonetization and preventing certain videos from being recommended to viewers by the site's algorithm. The company said it would target content causing "widespread harm to our community of creators, viewers and advertisers." YouTube did not respond to Fox News' request for comment as to how many accounts were demonetized on Wednesday. In follow-up posts, the company said Crowder, among other unspecified actions, would have to take down links to t-shirts he was selling with the words, "Socialism is for F--s." Maza indicated he was not satisfied -- and explicitly called for sweeping and fundamental changes to YouTube as a platform. “Basically all political content gets ‘demonetized.’” Maza tweeted. “Crowder's revenue stream isn't from YouTube ads. It's from selling merch and ‘Socialism Is For F--s’ shirts to millions of loyal customers, that @YouTube continues to drive to his channel. For free.” He added that he wanted larger change: "The problem isn't Crowder and the problem isn't monetization. The problem is that @YouTube allows monsters and bullies to become superstars, break YouTube's rules, build an army of loyal, radicalized followers, and then make millions selling them merch that sustains their work." But even the changes YouTube made on Wednesday apparently had not gone according to plan. Several other YouTube content creators, including Jesse Lee Peterson, the educational resource "Mr. Allsop History," and filmmaker Ford Fischer, said they had been erroneously caught up in the situation. "YouTube demonetized my channel right after taking down videos *condemning* anti-Jewish hatred by whites & Muslims!" Peterson wrote. "I always tell people to stop hating & blaming. @YouTubeTeam, you made an error. Do the right thing & reinstate my channel privileges/features immediately." Added Fischer: "Within minutes of @YouTube's announcement of a new purge it appears they caught my outlet, which documents activism and extremism, in the crossfire. I was just notified my entire channel has been demonetized. I am a journalist whose work there is used in dozens of documentaries." The Daily Wire's Elisha Krauss alleged her content had also lost monetization. "Y'all should head on over to @YouTube and watch my @prageru before it's deemed insulting. They already have it on restricted mode and limit monetization for it because heaven forbid ppl Google European abortion laws and find the truth!" Conservative commentators pointed to the episode as a consequence of unnecessary, corporate cowardice, and hypocrisy. YouTube, in the past, has cut monetization for videos deemed unsuitable for advertising, including videos about sensitive topics like suicide. "Reminder: Leftwing @TheYoungTurks is literally named after the regime that slaughtered 1.5 million Armenians in Genocide, yet @TeamYouTube hasn't demonetized or banned them because unlike @scrowder, they haven't perpetrated the unforgivable sin of offending @voxdotcom & @gaywonk," tweeted GOP strategist Andrew Surabian. Added Ben Shapiro: "If @YouTube is now going to police insulting speech -- not violent speech, not incitement, not actual fake news -- because a virulently censorious, radical activist masquerading as a journalist complains about being insulted, they're a joke. "If you're in the public eye, you're going to be mocked and insulted in ways you find deplorable," Shapiro continued. "If your solution is to target the platform for destruction -- or to target advertisers who advertise on a wide variety of political programming -- you're the actual problem."
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Another One Bites the Deplatforming Dust.

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Another One Bites the Deplatforming Dust.
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URL: https://humanevents.com/2019/06/05/adpo ... p-tsunami/
Category: Politics
Published: June 5, 2019

Description: Vox Media’s efforts to deplatform Steven Crowder prompt YouTube to censor even more creators caught in the crossfire over offensive speech.
Vox’s campaign to deplatform comedian Steven Crowder from YouTube has snowballed into an avalanche of censorship against other creators caught in the crossfire in the war against offensive speech. Critics are calling it the #VoxAdpocalypse. YouTube’s actions in response to complaints caused confusion amongst both Crowder’s detractors and supporters. Earlier this week, the left-leaning publication Vox went to great lengths to get YouTube to deplatform Crowder. This follows two years of Crowder’s responding to Carlos Maza, a journalist and video producer at the diminutive media group. In a series of videos over two-years, Crowder took aim at Maza’s leftist arguments with rebuttals sometimes interspersed with comedic remarks about Maza’s personality and sexual orientation Maza, who goes by @gaywonk on Twitter, took umbrage with the criticism. He distilled Crowder’s remarks down into a 90-second video clip showcasing words he found hurtful, leaving out context in order to convince YouTube to ban the right-leaning comic. Crowder said Maza was “being given a free pass as a crappy writer because [he’s] gay,” calling him a “lispy, angry sprite.” In addition to demanding Crowder’s ban, Maza spent days on end whipping up outrage about his feelings. He implored LGBTQ supporters to bombard YouTube with complaints, leveraging “pride month” as a political weapon. Maza’s company duly followed suit. The Vox-owned site The Verge breathlessly covered Maza’s outrage, and other publications echoed his complaints. Newsweek wrote an article titled “Steven Crowder incites homophobic harassment of Vox reporter, YouTube slow to react.” The Google subsidiary’s initially refused to suspend Crowder’s channel. In a series of replies to Maza, YouTube wrote that it had conducted an “in-depth review of the videos flagged to us” and came to a decision. YouTube wrote: “As an open platform, it’s crucial for us to allow everyone–from creators to journalists to late-night TV hosts–to express their opinions w/in the scope of our policies. Opinions can be deeply offensive, but if they don’t violate our policies, they’ll remain on our site,” “Even if a video remains on our site, it doesn’t mean we endorse/support that viewpoint. There are other aspects of the channel that we’re still evaluating– we’ll be in touch with any further updates.” Vox Media issued a response to the initial decision, which reads (in part): “The platform and the system now appears to be broken in some ways that we can’t tolerate. By refusing to take a stand on hate speech, they allow the worst of their communities to hide behind cries of “free speech” and “fake news” all while increasingly targeting people with the most offensive and odious harassment…. “YouTube knows this is a problem – it’s developed anti-harassment policies to hold its creators accountable and remove them from the platform when they are in violation. Yet YouTube is not enforcing the policies and are not removing known and identified users who employ hate speech tactics. By tacitly looking the other way, it encourages this behavior and contributes to a society more divided and more radicalized.” But after more complaints from Maza, echoed by BuzzFeed News and Gizmodo, YouTube capitulated to the demands. The company demonetizing Crowder’s channel and stripped him of revenue. Now they want YouTube to ban him. In an interview with CNN, Maza demanded Crowder be totally removed from the platform. Maza argued that demonetization wasn’t enough, as Crowder can still make money by selling merchandise. New York Magazine opined YouTube should have demonetized Crowder in the first instance. In yet another confusing response, YouTube demanded Crowder remove links to t-shirts bearing the slogan: “Socialism is for Figs.” The censorship doesn’t stop at YouTube. Shopify, the shirt production company hosting Crowder merchandise saw fit to remove the “Socialism is for Figs” shirt. Besides Crowder, YouTube acted against numerous other YouTube channels by either suspending or demonetizing them. Among them was Mr Allsop History, a channel dedicated to teaching history. Some of the channel’s 15-years of educational materials included propaganda speeches by Nazi leaders. The owner believes YouTube had a problem with them. YouTube shut down the entire channel. Ford Fischer, a journalist and editor of News2Share, was also hit for documenting activism and extremism. YouTube deleted two specific videos for hate speech, in which the channel showcased AntiFa activists confronting a Holocaust denier. The platform demonetized the rest of his channel and all future videos. Sinatra Says, a channel dedicated to commentary critical of feminism and the social justice movement was likewise demonetized. The creator’s daily videos highlighted everything from the social justice warrior push for a Chick-fil-A ban to commentary on videos critical of male feminists. The channel also hosted criticism of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and the media’s glorification of an 11-year-old drag queen. Thanks to Vox, YouTube is banning and demonetizing educational channels, real journalists, and anyone challenging “social justice” mantras. Vox’s efforts to deplatform anyone who insults their employees will unlikely stop with Crowder. The crybullies have tasted blood once again. Now, they’re hungry for more.
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YouTube Deletes Channel of Spain’s Populist Vox Party

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YouTube Deletes Channel of Spain’s Populist Vox Party
Infowars

URL: https://www.infowars.com/youtube-delete ... vox-party/
Category: Politics
Published: June 18, 2019

Description: “Serious attack on freedom of expression”

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YouTube has deleted the populist Spanish Vox Party’s entire channel in yet another example of the Google-owned platform targeting right of center political content. “Spain’s far-right Vox party @vox_es has demanded an explanation from @YouTube as to why their account has been closed or suspended ‘without any explanation’,” reported the Spain in English Twitter account. The party itself then tweeted, “The decision to remove the channel is a serious attack on the freedom of expression and dissemination of a political party.” It subsequently emerged that the deletion of the channel likely came as a result of simultaneous copyright claims made by leftists. “YouTube has informed us that the disabling of the VOX channel is due to the complaint made by three people who believe that we have used content of theirs,” the party later tweeted, blaming “left-wing activists” for coordinating the takedown. The party said that other political parties had used the same audiovisual content without being hit by copyright strikes. “We call on these platforms, who claim to fight online abuse, to pursue groups of progressive trolls who report in an organized manner and for ideological reasons to all those accounts that do not conform to their unique thinking,” the party tweeted. The Vox Party has 24 seats in the Spanish parliament having obtained over 10% of the vote in the country’s national election earlier this year. The party also has 3 seats in the European parliament. As we previously reported, just days before the Spanish election in April, Facebook removed numerous large pro-Vox pages which had a combined reach of millions at the request of Avaaz, a left-wing NGO which is funded by George Soros. Earlier this month, YouTube caved to a wave of contrived mob outrage (coincidentally led by another “Vox” – the left-wing media outlet) and announced it was imposing a major crackdown on “hate speech”.



YouTube Blocks Trump Rally Broadcaster from Being Able to Livestream
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URL: https://www.infowars.com/youtube-blocks ... ivestream/
Category: Politics
Published: September 16, 2019

Description: Platform continues to censor Right Side Broadcasting, popular for streaming Trump rallies

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A channel popular for broadcasting President Donald Trump’s rallies was banned from livestream capabilities Sunday night, according to the broadcaster. Without explanation, YouTube blocked Right Side Broadcasting from going live, despite the channel, known for streaming Trump rallies, having over 380,000 subscribers and 80 million views. “Tonight our live-streaming abilities have been revoked by youtube,” said the channel’s founder Joe Seales, in a video uploaded to Twitter. “That’s right after 300+ million views and four years plus of obeying copyright law, of obeying community guidelines, all of a sudden we can no longer livestream on YouTube. They have given us no reason why we can’t livestream. We have received no communication or correspondence whatsoever.” The channel’s YouTube analytics also show RSBN received zero copyright violations and zero community guidelines strikes. Seales says ultimately the ban will “cripple” his company’s revenue going into 2020, and suspects his channel has been targeted for censorship by Big Tech, especially given the channel’s demonitization and recent censorship from search results. “We don’t want to say this, but it feels like we are being targeted by YouTube – because we have been kept out of the search results now for the last several months,” Seales says, adding, “But now not even allowing us to livestream, this is going to severely cripple our company and make it very difficult for us to survive in the lead-up to 2020.” In follow-up posts, RSBN says a YouTube bot shut down livestream capabilities after it flagged one of their videos for containing audio which violated copyright guidelines, unbeknownst to them. The channel hopes to have livestream capabilities restored in time to stream a Monday Trump rally in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.
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