Journalist, teacher get caught up in YouTube's struggles with hate speech

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Creators that repeatedly violate the new hate speech policies will no longer be able to participate in the Partner program, which supplies channels with advertising revenue.

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. To violate the site's hate speech guidelines, a video's main objective must be to "incite hatred toward or promote supremacism over a protected group", or aim to incite violence, he said.

YouTube is regarded as one of many corporations that has given its trace a rainbow-themed makeover to tag toughen for LGBT rights - but, below the colourful veneer, a row has erupted over how the video-sharing place of abode enforces its hang hate-speech insurance policies.

Maza told Newsweek that his only interaction with YouTube was through the "Team YouTube" Twitter account which "said they would look into it".

YouTube has updated its hate speech policies to prohibit videos with white supremacy and neo-Nazi viewpoints.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks white supremacists and other extremist groups, said the ban will be positive only if YouTube enforces it.

The company outlined it's reasoning in a blog post along with a three pronged approach.

However, the company has chose to suspend Mr Crowder's ability to monetise from adverts due to "widespread harm to the YouTube community resulting from the ongoing pattern of egregious behaviour".

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Maza tweeted following news of the demonetization that shutting off ads from Crowder's channel would not hurt the YouTube star financially. The effort to recommend more accurate information will expand, too, YouTube said today.

But today, in a blog post, the company announced that it is changing its community guidelines to ban videos promoting the superiority of any group as a justification for discrimination against others based on their age, gender, race, caste, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

He says he has faced persistent abuse from rival video-maker Steven Crowder, who has bigger than 3.8 million subscribers on YouTube.

Maza complained on Twitter about Crowder's comments regarding his persona claiming Crowder engages in racist and homophobic hate speech, The Hill report says.

YouTube seemingly reversed itself on Wednesday, igniting ire from all sides, after it investigated Maza's claims, allowed Crowder to remain on the platform and then said it would demonetize him but allow him back if he removed links to offensive T-shirts from his site.

Maza himself said YouTube has normalized hate speech "by treating it like a part of regular political discourse". The site's response to the controversy has been mixed, but it has essentially maintained that Crowder's language, while offensive and hurtful, does not violate its policies.

After tweeting at YouTube, Allsop's channel was banned.