Youtube updated harassment policy to protect LGBT users


YouTube’s harassment rules made headlines in June when the platform insisted that a right-wing creator who targeted a Vox journalist with homophobic slurs but it was not considered a violation of the hate speech rules of the Google-owned video network. Carlos Maza, who appears in news site Vox’s video content, spoke out publicly about persistent abuse from Steven Crowder, a right-wing YouTuber with 3.8 million subscribers. In videos spanning several years, Crowder attacked Maza with racist and homophobic language, but the investigation held by Youtube did not find any wrongdoing. Six months later, YouTube Vice President Matt Halprin has finally released a statement on how the company will be updating these harassment policies. And from now on it is not allowed to post youtube video that contains insults of someone on the basis of their sexuality, gender identity/expression and race. It will also ban “veiled or implied threats”, including “content simulating violence toward an individual or language suggesting physical violence may occur.”


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