‘This will not go well’: YouTube cracks down on pundits & journalists after policy change

in #youtube2 years ago (edited)

Minutes after announcing a new policy clamping down on “hateful” and “supremacist” videos, YouTube got to work banning, demonetizing, or otherwise hiding videos from conservatives, journalists, and even black metal musicians.

The Google subsidiary updated its “hateful content” policies on Wednesday, announcing the clampdown in a blog post. The company said that from now on it will be “specifically prohibiting videos alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion.” Other videos that don’t strictly violate the site’s rules - including those promoting phony science or conspiracy theories - will be subject to demonetization, and other measures to restrict their viewership.

Orwellian in theory? In practice, too. YouTube didn’t wait long before wielding the ban-hammer with glee.

Steven Crowder (L) and Carlos Maza (R) © Flickr / Gage Skidmore; Reuters / Dado Ruvic; YouTube / Vox

First on the chopping block were videos that outright violated the “supremacist” rule. Norwegian black metal musician and convicted murderer Varg Vikernes had his channel ‘Thulean Perspective’ banned, likely for its pan-European white separatist content.

YouTube appears to have taken its vow to pull “videos that promote or glorify Nazi ideology” seriously, removing everything from Vikernes’ neo-pagan vlogs to low-fi punk music from its platform.

Others targeted included vlogger ‘Sinatra Says,’ who rails against feminism and the social justice movement. For the crime of wrongthink, Sinatra had his channel demonetized. YouTube did not cite a single offensive video, but instead told the troublemaker that the move was necessary to “ensure our community is safe for creators, viewers and advertisers.”


Nationalist commentator James Allsup saw his channel’s advertising revenue cut off, with YouTube issuing the same ‘community safety’ justification, as did scores of other “borderline” commentators and creators, like ‘identitarian’ Austrian nationalist Martin Sellner and conservative pundit Steven Crowder.


The crackdown was more a carpet-bombing than a precision strike. Alongside the wrongthinkers and thought criminals, multiple journalists were punished for videos simply reporting on extremism.

Among them were Ford Fischer, whose work detailing confrontations between ‘Antifa’ activists and neo-Nazis has been featured in a documentary by PBS. Regardless of its neutrality or historical significance, YouTube demonetized his entire channel. Ditto for the Drunken Peasants, whose video mocking a Sandy Hook conspiracy theorist was deleted, despite the authors condemning his beliefs.


Conservative commentators Milo Yiannopoulos and Gavin McInnes, both well accustomed to social media bans, also had their videos deleted.


The crackdown appears to have had its genesis in a confrontation between Steven Crowder and Vox journalist Carlos Maza, aka “gaywonk.” Maza complained to YouTube last week that Crowder had called him “mister lispy queer from Vox,”“a crappy writer,” and “the gay Mexican guy.” YouTube found nothing wrong with Crowder’s videos, and said on Wednesday it would take no action.

However, the platform demonetized Crowder’s channel immediately after announcing the new rules later in the day. That did little to mollify Maza, who demanded a full ban, claiming YouTube still drives customers to Crowder’s merchandise store, which sells among other things, a t-shirt emblazoned with the text “Socialism Is For F*gs.”


YouTube stated it will only reinstate Crowder’s monetization once he removes links to the “offending” t-shirts from his channel.

With the dust far from settled, commentators and pundits from all over the political spectrum have turned out to decry Maza’s ‘please tread on me’ call for censorship.

“Carlos Maza just f*cked over an entire genre of YouTube, because one man said something mean to him,” tweeted Scottish comedian and free speech advocate Count Dankula. “This will not go well.”



Original: https://www.rt.com/news/461170-youtube-bans-videos-reactions/


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Looks like Vox sponsored NBC is going to help YouTube eat itself from the inside and turn it into a digital TV station. Looks primed for disruption! blockchain projects are seeing the chinks in the armour its only a matter of time

I can't believe that they don't have a specific policy for simply disabling links...or apparently even the capability. Disabling all links on someone's vids and even censoring might be a horrible repercussion for hate speech or other violations.

In regards to Steven Crowder, bullying someone in regards to their sexuality and nationality is clearly not acceptable...and it probably was hate speech. They kinda messed up saying that it wasn't though. There are a limited number of ads on the platform as well. I don't see why someone contributing to bullying on the service should be one of those to profit from it.

But in regards to the greater matter, I should have realized that YouTube would use their changes to just carpet bomb everyone. YouTube seems to be incapable of intelligent careful action. I think that perhaps they likely have a bunch of different content "police" that don't necessarily communicate well, and clearly don't arrive at opinions based on committee or anything like that. They also seem to possibly have quite a few people that are poorly trained and do not understand the cultural significance of what they're policing.

It should likely require more than just one idiot to decide to ban someone. For some reason every time they go through these sorts of bans, they always seem to catch journalists and innocents. What idiot bans a journalist for reporting on something? Sure, I can understand maybe a Fox news correspondent for making one of their horrible comments, but not an actual journalist. And what idiot gave that idiot the power to ban someone under their sole discretion?

They should have a number of people flagging things for possible demonetization, and then more highly trained people determining if it should be demonetized, and then passing it up for possibly disabling the video, and then possibly passing it up to another group for banning.

Censorship is rampant, it's time for dtube to rise!

Let's call it what it is, this is bypassing all nations governments and installing a social credit system where google has become the socialist dictator. If they can select who gets paid and who doesn't and what the public are allowed to see how is this any different to any other socialist regime?

This is one world government run without accountability from the shadows.

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