JOURNALIST AND EDUCATOR AMONG THOSE CAUGHT UP IN YOUTUBE'S LATEST ATTEMPT TO PURGE ONLINE HATE SPEECH | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


JOURNALIST AND EDUCATOR AMONG THOSE CAUGHT UP IN YOUTUBE'S LATEST ATTEMPT TO PURGE ONLINE HATE SPEECH

SOURCE: COMMON DREAMS

Ford Fischer, a journalist whose channel was caught up in a heavy-handed YouTube dragnet targeting hateful content, talked to Common Dreams about his experience as a target of a tech giant. (Image: Ford Fischer, Twitter)

Free speech advocates who warned of the predictable consequences of allowing powerful tech companies to police online discourse seized on YouTube's attempt Wednesday to purge hate speech from their video platform after creators performing public service journalism and education were swept up in the effort.

"Apparently, creating and implementing vague, arbitrary censorship standards on the fly in response to mob demands and then purging people en masse end up suppressing and punishing many voices that censorship advocates like. Who could have guessed this would happen?"
—Glenn Greenwald

Wednesday's purge came after days of sustained criticism over YouTube's handling of bigoted content produced by fringe alt-right commentator Steven Crowder that targeted Vox media personality Carlos Maza. After nearly a week of online outrage, YouTube demonetized Crowder's channel and then launched a site-wide cleanup of what the company defined as hate speech and targeted harassment.

But the purge also caught journalists and historians up in its wake as the tech giant's heavy-handed response to Crowder's harassment didn't allow for context in most of the content.

The most prominent of those voices swept up in the purge thus far is Ford Fischer, a video journalist who reports on extremism in U.S. politics on his YouTube page, News2Share.

Fischer's page was demonetized Wednesday at 1:25 PM for promoting "harmful or hateful content," though what that content was is unclear, he told Common Dreams.

"Their explanation was extremely vague and offered no specifics," said Fischer. "I haven't heard from them since then."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If humanly possible, NEVER USE Youtube; Twitter, or Facebook again; don't give this ugly triumverate (Youtube; Facebook; or Twitter) any more data to suck up, or to destroy.

They have simply morphed into the "4th Arm" of the Unhinged, Surveilled, Amerikan State.

It used to be that you could break down US governance into 3 categories; Executive; Judicial; and Legislative.

They now represent the 4th category of the US government, surveillance.

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