YouTube is planning to take strict action to curb hate speech, extremist views, and false content on its platform after facing criticism over its way of handling harmful videos.
In a blog post published on Wednesday, the firm said they will soon take strict steps to remove the videos and channel from its platform that promote violence and extremism. There are many videos and channel available on the platform that support white supremacy and glorify the Nazi’s.
It is speculated that the action would remove thousands of channels and videos that violate its newly established policies to curb harmful videos.
The video sharing site says that the new policy will be implemented from today, but could take several months to ‘fully ramp up.’
YouTube added that they will add more new categories in the policy ‘over the next several months.’
‘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,’ the company wrote in post to its site.
‘This would include, for example, videos that promote or glorify Nazi ideology, which is inherently discriminatory.
‘Finally, we will remove content denying that well-documented violent events, like the Holocaust or the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, took place,’ YouTube added.