YouTube to Remove Extremist, Neo-Nazi, Holocaust Denial Content

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Online streaming giant YouTube has announced that it will remove racist, extremist, and neo-Nazi content from its site, including Holocaust denial.

YouTube has long been criticized for its extremely lenient content policies, which has allowed extremists to disseminate propaganda to a wide audience.

In an official statement, YouTube said it was banning “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.”

“This would include, for example, videos that promote or glorify Nazi ideology, which is inherently discriminatory. Finally, we will remove content denying that well-documented violent events, like the Holocaust or the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, took place," the company said.

Jonathan Greenblatt, head of the ADL, said, “Online hate and extremism pose a significant threat — weaponizing bigotry against marginalized communities, silencing voices through intimidation, and acting as recruiting tools for hateful, fringe groups.”

He called YouTube's new policy "an important step forward," but "this move alone is insufficient and must be followed by many more changes from YouTube and other tech companies to adequately counter the scourge of online hate and extremism."

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