Google CEO Sundar Pichai spoke with Axios this week to weigh-in on YouTube’s recent drive to remove “extreme” videos; saying the social media giant will also seek to limit “Borderline Content.”
“We, you know, we rank content based on quality. And so we are bringing that same notion and approach to YouTube so that we can rank higher quality stuff better and really prevent borderline content. Content which doesn’t exactly violate policies, which need to be removed, but which can still cause harm,” said the CEO.
Last week, YouTube unveiled a series of new guidelines that critics argued would remove educational or Conservative material from the platform.
“YouTube announced plans on Wednesday to remove thousands of videos and channels that advocate for neo-Nazism, white supremacy and other bigoted ideologies in an attempt to clean up extremism and hate speech on its popular service,” reports the New York Times.
“The new policy will ban ‘videos alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion,’ the company said in a blog post. The prohibition will also cover videos denying that violent incidents, like the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, took place,” adds the newspaper.
“It’s our responsibility to protect that, and prevent our platform from being used to incite hatred, harassment, discrimination and violence,” posted the company.
Social media censorship has taken center stage in recent months, with conservative users claiming the platforms have removed content, censored speech, or banned personalities for their views.
Earlier this year, Project Veritas released a video showing Twitter employees bragging about “deleting” Trump supporters from the social network.
Twitter engineer thinks Trump supporters' tweets are bots, and "you just delete them." Says "they'll all be like God, 'Merica, and with the American flag and, like the cross… Who talks like that? It's for sure a bot." pic.twitter.com/dwLhyf7cQk
— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) March 21, 2019
“Just go to a random [Trump] tweet, and just look at the followers. They’ll all be like: ‘Guns, God, ‘Merica,’ and with the American flag, the cross, something. Who says that? Who talks like that? For sure it’s a bot,” claimed a Direct Messaging Engineer.
“So, can you get rid of them?” asked the undercover journalist.
“Yeah. You just delete them. The problem is there are hundreds of thousands of them,” he added.
ANTI-SOCIAL MEDIA: YouTube Vows to ‘FIGHT BACK’ Against Climate Skeptics
Social media giant YouTube announced this week its new plan to help crackdown on “misinformation” surrounding climate change; adding “fact checks” to videos that censors view as misleading or promoting conspiracy theories.
“YouTube is now adding fact checks to videos that question climate change, BuzzFeed News has confirmed, as a part of its ongoing effort to combat the rampant misinformation and conspiratorial fodder on its platform,” writes Buzzfeed.
“I’d guess that it will have some influence, at least on those people who don’t know much about the subject,” added one industry insider. “Might be confusing to some people, but that’s probably better than just accepting the denier video at face value.”
The revelation comes just days after YouTube, Facebook, and Apple banned controversial personality Alex Jones from their platforms; sparking a nationwide conversation over how digital content is dispersed to millions of Americans.
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ANTI-SOCIAL MEDIA: Trump Slams Platforms for ‘SILENCING MILLIONS’ of Americans
President Trump called-out social media platforms for “silencing millions of people” Friday morning; blasting major tech companies for taking down posts and stories published by prominent conservatives.
“Social Media Giants are silencing millions of people. Can’t do this even if it means we must continue to hear Fake News like CNN, whose ratings have suffered gravely. People have to figure out what is real, and what is not, without censorship!” tweeted Trump.
Social Media Giants are silencing millions of people. Can’t do this even if it means we must continue to hear Fake News like CNN, whose ratings have suffered gravely. People have to figure out what is real, and what is not, without censorship!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 24, 2018
The Commander-in-Chief’s tough talk comes after Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other platforms moved to clampdown on speech some users may find “offensive” or “inappropriate.”