YouTube tightens policy to remove hateful and supremacist content

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On Wednesday, however, YouTube seemed to indicate that while Crowder's videos may not have violated the site's terms of service, they were found to be against its partner-program policies - the rules that govern the ability of top YouTubers like Crowder to take a slice of the advertising revenues generated by their videos.

The move comes amid a series of measures taken by tech giants to filter our hateful and violent content, which have triggered calls for tougher internet regulation.

This last point is particularly timely, seeing how Vox journalist Carlos Maza this week publicly complained of harassment from conservative commentator Steven Crowder.

The statement, released on Thursday morning by the Google-owned company, specifically named videos that promote or glorify Nazi Ideology as a category that would be targeted in the new policy.

YouTube has announced it is tightening its hate speech policies - a move that will mean thousands of neo-Nazi and white supremacist videos are removed, or had ads stripped from them.

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For videos that fall into this category, YouTube said it will continue to promote content from trusted news sources, for example, in the watch next panel.

Unrelated to Mr Maza's dispute with Mr Crowder, YouTube published a blog on Wednesday pronouncing it had up to this level its hate speech policy.

YouTube did not immediately respond to multiple requests for comment from ABC News.

YouTube has been repeatedly criticised for its relatively lax approach towards various kinds of harmful content, including those on the far-right.

Strangely, the company now explicitly bans videos that encourage discrimination or segregation based on sexuality, but made no reference to that high-profile case in its blog post, and did not say that it would change its position.

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Also being removed through the ruling are videos making conspiracy claims decrying historic events such as 9/11, the Holocaust and massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School as never having happened.

YouTube's current demonetization policy allows the company to pull ad revenue from creators who have caused "lasting damage to the community, including viewers, creators and the outside world". The effort to recommend more accurate information will expand, too, YouTube said today. "In order to be considered for reinstatement, all relevant issues with the channel need to be addressed, including any videos that violate our policies, as well as things like offensive merchandise", YouTube said. Social media companies are facing vast pressure from governments to moderate hate speech.

He says he has confronted chronic abuse from rival video-maker Steven Crowder, who has bigger than 3.8 million subscribers on YouTube. Many have claimed the site is guilty of double standards for allowing the publication of videos which include homophobic slurs, while also expressing support for this year's Pride Month.

YouTube did not disclose the names of any groups or channels that may be banned.

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