Youtube is taking action against hate crimes, yesterday we talked about Twitter’s new policy against hate crimes, now it’s time for one of the world’s biggest social media. Even though you don’t see hate messages in the same way on YouTube as others, one glance at the comments on a video will make the subject clear. The problem is that, once you do, you can find real nonsense in all kinds of content.
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For example, think about a video where foreigners visiting supermarkets and commenting on the products. A type of content is always kind and well-intentioned, and yet is often the target of hate messages with disqualification.
Or even in a video where young people telling their stories about getting their driver’s license, about popularizers, about scientists or cooks, any kind of content on YouTube is susceptible to receiving hate messages. And be careful, at this point I’m not referring to criticism, which is always legitimate as long as it is in a kind way. But insults and personal attacks are unacceptable.
Youtube vs. hate crimes
YouTube has begun to deploy a new feature and they are also taking action against hate crimes. This feature is currently available in the Android app only, which analyzes the comments before publishing them and, if it identifies that they could be offensive, displays a message indicating that respect must be maintained on the platform, allowing the user to publish it anyway or letting her/him edit it considering the terms and conditions.
This new feature identifies content that may be offensive, but the system is not sure, which explains why it is still possible to publish the comment without modifying it. However, it makes sense to think that these messages will be marked in some way. Let’s say hypothetically, a message is really offensive and harmful, in this case, it will be reported later. It would make sense for YouTube to speed up the process of reviewing and removing those harmful content causing hate crimes.
Additionally, for content creators, Google is also going to test a new function that will be integrated into YouTube Studio, which will automatically filter out “potentially inappropriate comments”, making it easier for channels to avoid viewing these types of messages. It is important both for YouTube and users to take action against hate crimes because these measures will make the internet a more peaceful place.