YouTube says moderators might have mistakenly purged right-wing videos

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YouTube indicated that as the platform increases human moderation efforts, the new moderators may have mistakenly deleted or marked videos and right channels. Bloomberg reported the news this afternoon, citing a YouTube spokesperson who said that "as we work to quickly contract and increase our policy enforcement teams throughout 2018, newer members may erroneously apply some of our policies, which It results in erroneous extractions. " The spokesman said that YouTube's policies have not changed, and that "we will restore the videos that were deleted by mistake".
The Outline reported today that several right-wing channels had been completely closed since the shooting at Parkside, and others had received attacks on their account, mainly the channel of InfoWars founder Alex Jones, who strongly promoted the theory that survivors of shots are actually trained "crisis agents". The Jones channel has received two attacks in the last two weeks, both for violating YouTube's policy on "harassment and intimidation", but InfoWars reported that the second attack was subsequently removed. The scheme noted that some videos that he mentioned reappeared later, but that the accounts he listed had not been banned.
This situation seems to be unrelated to YouTube's recent ban on Atomwaffen, a neo-Nazi group recently linked to the murder of a university student. The Atomwaffen channels were banned for "multiple or severe" violations of YouTube's hate rules and remain offline.
The conservative YouTubers have long been convinced that YouTube is purging or deliberately discriminating their views. PragerU, an organization founded by commentator Dennis Prager, sued the platform in October for allegedly demonetizing or filtering their videos based on their ideological content. However, the platform has also been criticized for using the same filtering systems to hide LGBTQ content. Instead, he was summoned for allowing a "crisis agent" conspiracy video to head the list of YouTube trends. YouTube said that this video was classified incorrectly, because "it contained images from an authoritative source of news".


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