Youtube has changed its community guidelines to prohibit the posting of videos that promote “the superiority of any group as a justification for discrimination against others”. Enforcement of this policy will intensify over the next few days, according to The Verge.
They announced that their content will be improved in three ways:
- The ban on supremacists will remove any content posted by “Nazis and other extremists who advocate segregation or exclusion based on age, gender, race, caste (to be applied to India), religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status”. They will also include “well-documented violent events”. Users will not be allowed to post content that denies the existence of events such as the Holocaust or the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting.
- Youtube will reduce what they call “borderline content and harmful misinformation” by decreasing the number of views by 50 percent. Youtube will instead recommend videos from “more authoritative sources, like top new channels”.
- If a channel is found to “repeatedly brush up against our hate speech policies”, Youtube will restrict the channel’s ability to monetize through their subscribers.
These changes are a result of political pressure on Youtube and its parent company, Alphabet, to restrict harmful content on their platform.
The Verge predicts conservatives will argue that Youtube is discriminating against them, “along with warnings that we are on the slippery slope toward totalitarianism”.
Perhaps these new community guidelines will promote more appropriate (and factual) discussions of controversial topics.