“YOUTUBE NEW MODERATORS MISTAKENLY PULL RIGHT-WING CHANNELS” – “Mistakenly”:
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.
The Google division said in December it would assign more than 10,000 people to moderate content after a year of scandals over fake and inappropriate content on the world’s largest video site.
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.
Some YouTube channels recently complained about their accounts being pulled entirely. On Wednesday, the Outline highlighted accounts, including Titus Frost, that were banned from the video site. Frost tweeted on Wednesday that a survivor of the shooting, David Hogg, is an actor. Jerome Corsi of right-wing conspiracy website Infowars said on Tuesday that YouTube had taken down one of his videos and disabled his live stream.
Shutting entire channels would have marked a sweeping policy change for YouTube, which typically only removes channels in extreme circumstances and focuses most disciplinary action on specific videos. But YouTube said some content was taken down by mistake. The site didn’t address specific cases and it’s unclear if it meant to take action on the accounts of Frost and Corsi.
I don’t personally care for either gentlemen or their views, but isn’t it funny how all these mistakes – and online censorship more broadly – always seem to affect one particular side of politics?
The SPLC is working with @Youtube to censor "extremist content".
The SPLC includes "hate music" in their list of "hate groups" but DOES NOT include armed communist militia groups that OPENLY call for political violence.
Why would Youtube use such a biased org to censor content? pic.twitter.com/sRuZZoTOzt
— Far Left Watch (@FarLeftWatch) February 28, 2018