YouTube will suppress some controversial content — even if it doesn’t violate policies
(THE BLAZE) — YouTube announced Tuesday that it will be taking steps to suppress videos deemed “controversial” by placing them in a “limited state,” even if they do not violate the site’s policies, according to an official blog post by YouTube.
According to the blog, YouTube will be disabling comments and monetization for videos that don’t but are flagged by users for “hate speech,” regardless of whether they break YouTube’s content rules:
We’ll soon be applying tougher treatment to videos that aren’t illegal but have been flagged by users as potential violations of our policies on hate speech and violent extremism. If we find that these videos don’t violate our policies but contain controversial religious or supremacist content, they will be placed in a limited state. The videos will remain on YouTube behind an interstitial, won’t be recommended, won’t be monetized, and won’t have key features including comments, suggested videos, and likes.
YouTube stated that it will be using a “trusted flagger” coalition to advise on what content should be relegated to the shadows and what is and isn’t hate speech. The coalition will include groups that have been accused of or exhibited leftist biases in the past such as the Anti-Defamation League, the No Hate Speech Movement, and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue.
The site also revealed that it will alter search results so that any time a topic pertaining to “sensitive keywords” is typed into the search bar, users will be “redirected” to a playlist of YouTube curated content that “directly confront and debunk violent extremist messages.”
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