YouTube has decided on Wednesday to veto videos that defend hate speech and supremacism, according to the new update of its policies against these phenomena reported by the company in a statement.
The platform has implemented this measure in order to “eliminate hatred and supremacism”. Thus, the website has decided to prohibit “specifically videos that claim that one racial group is superior to another to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion, based on qualities such as age, gender, race, caste, religion or sexual orientation”.
Videos such as those promoting or advocating Nazi ideology, which is “inherently discriminatory”, will be excluded from the platform. And content that “denies that violent events that have been documented occurred, such as the Holocaust or the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School” (USA) in 2012 where 20 children and six adults died will also be removed.
YouTube recognizes that some of this content has “great value” for researchers and NGOs seeking to understand hate and combat it, so they are “exploring options to make it available in the future”. However, he noted that “some videos could be maintained as they generate debate over pending legislation and are intended to condemn and expose hatred or provide an analysis of current events.
Although the new updated policy comes into effect this Wednesday, Youtube admits that it “will take some time” for its systems to “get fully up and running” and will gradually expand coverage in the coming months. The platform also wants to reduce “the dissemination of sensitive content that would be at the limit of what is allowed,” so last January they tested an update of their system in the United States and expects it to be available in more countries by the end of the year. The goal is to limit recommendations for such content and misinformation, “such as videos that promote a miraculous cure for a serious illness that turns out to be false or in which the Earth is claimed to be flat”. Once this last change has been implemented, according to the note, the number of visits to these videos through the recommendations has been reduced by more than 50% in the United States.