YouTube to ban ‘hateful,’ ‘supremacist’ videos

YouTube said Wednesday it would ban videos that promote or glorify racism and discrimination. (File/AFP)
Updated 05 June 2019
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YouTube to ban ‘hateful,’ ‘supremacist’ videos

  • The announcement by the video-sharing platform was the latest of a series of industry moves to filter out hateful and violent content
  • Videos that deny well-documented violent events, like the Holocaust, will also be banned by YouTube

WASHINGTON: YouTube said Wednesday it would ban videos that promote or glorify racism and discrimination as well as those denying well-documented violent events, like the Holocaust or the Sandy Hook school shooting.
The announcement by the Google-owned video-sharing platform was the latest of a series of industry moves to filter out hateful and violent content, which have spurred calls for tougher regulation.
"Today, we're taking another step in our hate speech policy by specifically prohibiting videos alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion based on qualities like age, gender, race, caste, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status," YouTube said on its blog.


Lebanon PM closes TV channel run by his family over funding

Updated 18 September 2019

Lebanon PM closes TV channel run by his family over funding

  • Employees at Future TV had been staging strikes for months over unpaid wages
  • Earlier this year, Hariri ceased the print edition of Al-Mustaqbal newspaper, also owned by his family, turning it into a digital newspaper

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s prime minister says he is temporarily closing a TV network owned by his family, following a years-long financial struggle.
In a statement Wednesday, Saad Hariri described the move as suspending work until the Future TV network could be re-launched after a financial restructuring.
Employees at the station had been staging strikes for months over unpaid wages. The station was launched in 1993 by Hariri’s father, former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, who was assassinated by a massive truck bomb in 2005.
Earlier this year, Hariri ceased the print edition of Al-Mustaqbal newspaper, also owned by his family, turning it into a digital newspaper.
Several Lebanese newspapers have stopped printing in recent years as they struggle to compete with digital media.