YouTube declines to ban vlogger using anti-LGBTQ2 slurs

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The changes come as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other online services face mounting concern that the services allow, and in some cases foster, extremism.

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

Google employees are criticizing the platform for failing to ban Steven Crowder, a conservative pundit who has posted videos referring to Vox journalist Carlos Maza as a "gay Mexican".

In January, YouTube said it would stop recommending specious videos such as those claiming the earth is flat or promoting bogus theories about the September 11, 2001 terror attacks or the 2012 killings at the Sandy Hook elementary school in CT.

YouTube may end up revising its anti-harassment policies amid an ongoing controversy involving a right-wing commentator who posted homophobic videos targeting a reporter.

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YouTube said Wednesday it will remove false videos alleging that major events like the Holocaust didn't happen, as well as a broad array of content by white supremacists and others in a move to more aggressively crack down on hate speech. In a tweet, YouTube said "We have suspended this channel's monetization".

Following the New Zealand mosque attacks in Christchurch, videos with clips of the shooting were widely uploaded to YouTube, with their authors celebrating the indiscriminate killing of Muslim worshipers and glorifying the perpetrator's extremist ideology.

YouTube will enforce a ban on videos that promote racism and discrimination or cast doubt on well-documented violent events like the Holocaust, the company said on Wednesday. YouTube will gradually expand the coverage over the next several months. YouTube said Crowder has not told people to harass Maza, and the primary point of his video is to offer opinion, and thus it did not violate YouTube's anti-harassment policies.

Those channels will not be able to run ads or use Super Chat, which lets channel subscribers pay creators directly for extra chat features.

Nonetheless YouTube acknowledged Crowder's comments didn't violate the insurance policies because they had been sandwiched between "debate".

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"Vox is still going to be pissed; they're not going to be happy with this", Crowder said in a video posted to his Twitter account after learning about YouTube's action.

YouTube also says that "borderline" content may no longer be promoted through recommendation, or "more videos from authoritative sources" may be pushed to the Watch Next panel.

Wrote the platform's Chris Dale in a post: "There are two key policies at play here: harassment and hate speech".

Martin Sellner, the leader of the far-right group Generation Identity, has also been demonetised and controversial figures such as Milo Yiannopoulos and Gavin McInnes have had certain video deleted. YouTube and Twitter had banned Jones in August 2018.

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