Social media giant Youtube admitted Wednesday that its new “moderators” inadvertently removed multiple “right-wing channels” after testing new methods to reduce harmful content on the video-sharing platform.
The revelation comes just days after a devastating school shooting in southern Florida prompted a fierce national debate over gun violence and mental health; with many using social media and the internet to voice their opinions on the hot-button issue.
“YouTube’s new moderators, brought in to spot fake, misleading and extreme videos, stumbled in one of their first major tests, mistakenly removing some clips and channels in the midst of a nationwide debate on gun control,” reports Bloomberg.
“In the wake of the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, some YouTube moderators mistakenly removed several videos and some channels from right-wing, pro-gun video producers and outlets,” adds the technology website.
The video-sharing site and other social media platforms have been struggling to weed-out “fake news” and exploitative content after special counsel Robert Mueller’s recent indictment of thirteen foreign nations; accusing them of using the popular sites to influence the US electoral system.