The YouTube video-sharing platform strives to block those who use it to promote racism, hate speech, violence and misinformation, while Google-owned company is increasingly being watched.
“YouTube has now grown to a big city. More bad actors have come into place. And just like in any big city, you need a new set of rules and laws and kind of regulatory regime,” chief product officer Neal Mohan said in an interview.
The growing public pressure on YouTube and other social media platforms has pushed them to try to limit the negative aspects, to prevent governments from taking tougher measures.
The media announced last week that the US technology giant Google has reached a multi-million dollar settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission for violating child data protection laws on YouTube.
YouTube and other platforms have also been considered as a refuge for conspiracy theorists of Holocaust deniers or the September 11 attacks, as well as for Nazi and supremacist groups.
“We must adapt to make sure that those things don’t become rampant on our platform,” Mohan said.
In June, YouTube announced it would ban videos promoting or glorifying racism and discrimination, as well as those denying well-documented violent events, such as the Holocaust.
“Two billion users come to the platform every single month,” Mohan noted, “so we must take our responsibility as a platform incredibly seriously.”
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17 November, 2019