YouTube has announced it is updating its “hate speech” policy and conservatives are predicting the new rules will go only one direction.
The video streaming giant announced Wednesday new guidelines will prohibit “demeaning language that goes too far” if such language “maliciously insults” people with “protected attributes” such as “race, gender expression, or sexual orientation.”
Writer and speaker Ben Shapiro calls the new guidelines “insanely vague" and predicts people could be punished for hurting the feelings of transgenders, for example, in a video over the use of pronouns.
Shapiro told Fox News that Youtube could be targeting literal Nazi content, for example, but the guideline language is “far too broad” to know where YouTube will draw the line.
Shapiro, who is Jewish, is ironically described as a “Nazi” for his conservative views.
According to Fox News, YouTube is adding a new layer of online restrictions after announcing hate speech guidelines in June. The action in June came after conservative comedian Steven Crowder mocked the sexuality of a Vox writer, Carlos Maza, who is a homosexual, the story explained.
Crowder, who discusses politics and media on his Youtube channel, often includes crude humor in his show and his "Change my Mind" videos.
“The Youtube Purge is coming and it’s worse than you were led to believe,” Crowder warned in an Dec. 10 video (see below) uploaded to YouTube.
Corrine Weaver of MRC Tech Watch tells OneNewsNow that YouTube is also reacting to a “60 Minutes” segment in which the CBS show “slammed” the website for allowing Trump ads and conservative personalities on the platform.
“I see this as a response to the scathing liberal media reviews,” she says, “simply because, heaven forbid they sort of have at least kind of an open platform where they let people on to kind of say whatever they want.”
She says it's worth noting YouTube said nothing about political ads in the new rules.
“YouTube actually makes a ton of money from their political ads right now,” she says, “and going into the 2020 election it's kind of counterintuitive to say, We're not going to be running political ads on our platform.”
Instead, she says, the tech giant is trying to appease LGBT activists and other angry liberals by offering up conservative users.
YouTube is already at war with pro-life group Live Action and with PragerU, which have accused the website of restricting their content. PragerU sued the company earlier this year for restricting its popular videos.