It's Hard To Fight Hate Speech On YouTube, Google CEO Sundar Pichai Said

Dhir Acharya - Jun 12, 2019, 1:28 pm IST


During an interview on HBO with Axios, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that YouTube is not exactly at the place the company wants it to be.

During an interview on HBO with Axios, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that YouTube is not exactly at the place the company wants it to be. The interview asked the CEO about what reactions he had for the changes and scandals on the platform.

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YouTube has been criticized for allowing hate speech

Pichai relied that Google ranked content based on quality. “So we are bringing that same notion and approach to YouTube so that we can rank higher quality stuff better and really prevent borderline content -- content which doesn't exactly violate policies, which need to be removed, but which can still cause harm,” said the CEO.

As announced by YouTube last week, the site was blocking videos promoting one group of people as superior to another, adjusting recommended clips for excluding more “borderline content”, as well as limiting the ability to monetize of creators that violate the rules on the platform. Plus, according to YouTube’s announcements earlier this month, minors won’t be able to livestream with no adults around.

A Wednesday blog post from the video-sharing platform said: “The openness of YouTube's platform has helped creativity and access to information thrive.” It added that the company takes responsibility to protect that, as well as prevent the site from being used to spread hatred, violence, discrimination, and harassment. YouTube pledged to take actions to fulfill its responsibility now, and in the future.

Also last week, the platform faced backlash after refusing to remove Stephen Crowder’s channel, a well-known conservative personality. Later, the company said that YouTube did not violate any rules; however, it banned hoax and supremacist videos, such as content denying Sandy Hook and Holocaust.