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YouTube Deletes 500 Million Hate Comments

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YouTube has deleted 500 million messages on its platform because of its recent commitment to combat hate speeches and videos.

Last week, in according to a speech by the chief of YouTube, Susan Wojcicki,

” A commitment to openness is not easy. It sometimes means leaving up content that is outside the mainstream, controversial or even offensive, but I believe that hearing a broad range of perspectives ultimately strengthens us even if we disagree with some of those views .

In continuation, she said

“a large increase in hate speech removals had led to the 500 million purged comments,”.

This figure has doubled the number of comments in its first quarter.

Also, 17,000 channels have been terminated for breaking the hate speech rules. According to the youtube,

“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. The new rule covered videos that glorify Nazi Ideology, which is inherently discriminatory,”

Wojcicki’s comments came months after YouTube took a decision to demonetise but not ban the conservative commentator, Steven Crowder for calling former Vox personality, Carlos Maza, a “lipsy queer” in videos. These comments led to arguments among many Youtube creators and pushed for a ban on hate comments.

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