YouTube is finally banning neo-Nazis and Holocaust-denial videos
YouTube said it would remove videos that deny the Holocaust and other violent events, 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 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.
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.
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.
In addition to the ban on neo-Nazi videos, YouTube said it will expand its systems to limit recommendations of “borderline content and harmful misinformation” — like videos promoting a fake miracle cure or those claiming the Earth is flat — from the US to more countries by the end of 2019.
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.