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YouTube to ban videos which promote violent events, racism, discrimination

The Announcement By The Google-owned Video-sharing Platform Was The Latest Of A Series Of Industry Moves To Filter Out Hateful And Violent Content, Which Have Spurred Calls For Tougher Regulation.

PTI | Updated on: 05 Jun 2019, 10:42:37 PM
YouTube stepped up to curtail violent contents.

Washington :

YouTube said Wednesday it would ban videos that promote or glorify racism and discrimination as well as those denying well-documented violent events, like the Holocaust or the Sandy Hook school shooting.

The announcement by the Google-owned video-sharing platform was the latest of a series of industry moves to filter out hateful and violent content, which have spurred calls for tougher regulation.

"Today, we're taking another step in our hate speech policy by specifically prohibiting videos alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion based on qualities like age, gender, race, caste, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status," YouTube said on its blog.

In March also the video sharing platform had said that YouTube was continuously monitoring the content on its platform to check misinformative and violative posts as there has been a rise in "interest" due to the election season.

Also, Google's service from March started providing information panel in India around certain events, topics, publishers alongside search and videos to make users aware of context and videos they watch.

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First Published : 05 Jun 2019, 10:42:37 PM