YouTube Now Targeting Videos for ‘Controversial Religious’ Content


by Gage Cohen , CNS

On Tuesday, the world’s largest video sharing platform, YouTube – attracting over a billion visitors per month – announced that it is now targeting videos contain “controversial religious or supremacist content” – even if they do not violate the site’s terms of use


“We’ll soon be applying tougher treatment to videos that aren’t illegal but have been flagged by users as potential violations of our policies on hate speech and violent extremism,” announced the Google-owned company on its blog.


“If we find that these videos don’t violate our policies but contain controversial religious or supremacist content, they will be placed in a limited state. The videos will remain on YouTube behind an interstitial, won’t be recommended, won’t be monetized, and won’t have key features including comments, suggested videos, and likes.”


This policy means that videos complying with YouTube’s own standards, but contain content that some users find to contain religious controversy or “supremacist content” may not be promoted on the site, suggested to viewers, or permitted to contain advertisements – meaning that content creators cannot receive ad revenue from that video.


This policy, as well as past actions taken by the video platform, has led some to criticize YouTube for suppressing speech with which it disagrees.

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Last week, Dr. Jordan B. Peterson, professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, who has a YouTube channel with over 350,000 subscribers, was locked out of his account by Google for several hours for “a policy violation.”


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