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YouTube updates policies to remove hateful content

YouTube’s Approach to Eliminate Hostile Content.

To protect its community YouTube has put in force yet another policy against hostile videos and hate speeches. The policy is expected to expand in the coming months. To eliminate discriminatory and harmful content on YouTube, an updated policy is in order. This adds to YouTube’s achievement of its 2017 rules policy that reduced 80 per cent views of such videos.

YouTube has a long working army that protects its site from any condescending content including pornography, promoting violence or discrimination that flags such inappropriate video. “Our systems are also getting smarter about what types of videos should get this treatment, and we’ll be able to apply it to even more borderline videos moving forward. As we do this, we’ll also start raising up more authoritative content in recommendations, building on the changes we made to the news last year,” YouTube put forward.

Similarly, this new policy will enhance to YouTube’s advertiser-friendly guidelines that resist any ads to be running on flagged videos. With this, many unfriendly Channels are in line to be suspended from YouTube denying them to use any of the monetization features. This update will spread to more countries by the end of 2019.

To add further, unsuitable content will also be eliminated from recommendations. The official YouTube statement is “Today, we’re taking another step in our hate speech policy by specifically prohibiting videos alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion based on qualities like age, gender, race, caste, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status.

This would include, for example, videos that promote or glorify Nazi ideology, which is inherently discriminatory. Finally, we will remove content denying that well-documented violent events, like the Holocaust or the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary.”

YouTube also puts forward the possibility of some exceptions in the future. For instance, some of the ill-suited content may be of worth to researchers and analytics. The possibility is not yet confirmed to protect the existing users.

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