Listen: YouTube plans to ban thousands of extremist videos
"Kelley YouTube says it is removing thousands of white supremacist and extremist videos from its platform. Now, this does not happen. A vacuum YouTube was under intense pressure and it's move comes as a broader debate unfolds over whether social media companies are responsible for hate speech posted to their platforms, and peers Allom is here to talk about YouTube snoop policy, and the wider challenge of trying to police hate online. Hi there. Hi, so what exactly is you to announce it's going to do and company blog post today? Youtube said it was going to ban what it called supremacist content so videos that you to says justify discrimination, segregation exclusion of specific groups of people and this goes beyond a twenty seventeen policy to introduce that made it harder to recommend or commenting or share videos with hateful content. And so this move today, really? Beyond that, to thousands of videos by white supremacist Neo Nazis, and other types of extremity extremists. And YouTube says it's also going to apply to videos that deny well-documented violent events. So that means holocaust deniers and deniers of the sandy hook elementary shooting, for example, all of that will be banned going for it kind of mind blowing to think that all of that was allowed on YouTube until now. So what prompted this why know the context is bigger debate going on about the responsibility of tech companies like YouTube Facebook and Twitter to police hate speech on their platforms. There's a political and public pressure to clean up those sites. Facebook and Twitter announced similar efforts to remove hateful content but YouTube is seen as a specially resistant and why what was going on? Specifically, you only had one clear example this week in experience of Carlos Maza journalist for vox who'd been targeted for two years by a right wing YouTube creator, who has a following of more than three million. Subscribers Maza was referred to vice slurs about his keeping heritage his sexual orientation. And that creators, fans even published his cell phone number one point Maza reported the harassment YouTube, which said the slurs did not violate its policies, and here's what Maza had to say about that today in an interview with BuzzFeed news. It should not be all that you're allowed to get away with arrested each of us as long as you're popular enough to make them uncomfortable. Shutting down there is this big social media backlash echoing Mazas, outrageous examples like his show, how when when tech companies failed to act on this quickly. It can really spiral into a PR problem for companies like you to bandits parent company Google. I'm also imagining the challenge of, how do they enforce this new policy with the I don't know what the numbers, but the zillions of new videos getting posted on YouTube everyday, and that's the big question you, too, was already under fire for not doing more to enforce the, the old measures that had which were supposed to make it harder for people to. Find and profit from these kinds of videos. So the blog post posted really go into enforcement into into much detail. Critics like Maza. The vox journalists have set all ready that they're skeptical. This is going to make a difference. NPR's HANA Allom reporting on the new YouTube policy announced today. Thank you."