Officially YouTube Has Banned All Videos That Are Racist, Sexist And Promote Any Form Of Hate Speech

BERLIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 27: A young woman wearing headphones walks past a billboard advertisement for YouTube on September 27, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. YouTube has evolved as the world's largest platform for sharing video clips. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

As reported by @CBSNews, YouTube will now remove any video that throws insults at people because of race, gender expression, sexual orientation or other “protected attributes.” The ban also extends to content that contains veiled threats of violence, such as the popular video – The streaming company follows the steps necessary to further moderate what people can say in the videos they create and upload to the platform.

YouTube also announced that, from now on, measures will be taken against channels that repeatedly harass others in the videos. What this will do is effectively “demonetize,quot; the channel by deactivating any advertising revenue that those videos would normally generate for their creators. The new policies against harassment and violence also apply to public officials, although those videos will remain on YouTube if they are considered news, documentary or other educational material.

In addition, one of the most criticized aspects of YouTube, the comments section, is also receiving a new set of new guidelines. A new comment review tool will be available to video owners that will allow them, by default, to retain comments that the company’s algorithms have marked as potentially inappropriate until the creators have reviewed them. The creators can deactivate the configuration at any time.

Matt Halprin, vice president of trust and security for YouTube, said the company has been reviewing its guidelines since 2017 and tries to find a balance between “allowing freedom of expression and keeping hate speech to a minimum.”