YouTube Cracks Down on Hate Speech ⛔

Dado Ruvic / Reuters

Dado Ruvic / Reuters

Laying down the law

YouTube is attempting to crack down on Nazi-centric and supremacist content on its site. The media giant stated on Wednesday that it will update its hate speech policy to ban “videos alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion.”

Appeasing the masses

YouTube has faced backlash for allowing extremist videos that have been linked to violence. Concerns grew last week when Steven Crowder, a right-wing commentary figure on the site, was revealed to have been harassing and using gay and ethnic slurs against Vox video producer Carlos Maza.


LEANING RIGHT:

NOQ Report: YouTube caves to progressive mob, demonetizes Steven Crowder and others

Washington Examiner:  Update: The mobbing of Steven Crowder shows the perils of PC culture

The right believes that YouTube’s changing terms of service could lead to the suppression of free speech for its creators. Opinion pieces about prior YouTube rule changes indicate that right-leaning publications do not see the problematic videos as have the ability to incite violence. These articles find that censoring such videos violates what the first amendment stands for.

LEANING LEFT:

Vox: YouTube finally banned content from neo-Nazis, Holocaust deniers, and Sandy Hook skeptics

New York Times: YouTube to remove thousands of videos pushing extreme views

The left is celebrating YouTube’s decision and feels as if it is a long overdue change to the platform. Left-leaning publications have advocated for the implementation of an online safe space, with hopes that YouTube can become a place free of the racism, sexism, and harassment that it has been present in recent years.


Where's the common ground?

Both sides strive to create a fair and equitable space in which the online platform and its users can feel safe and welcomed. The partisan issue with censorship does not deal with a disagreement of how individuals are treated by others, but what should and should not be allowed to be published onto the site.

YouTube: a black hole

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