From YouTube’s official blog:
Today, we’re taking another step in our hate speech policy by specifically prohibiting 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.
It’s absurd that it’s taken so many years for YouTube (and Twitter and Facebook) to finally make a move like this. This is basic stuff, yet these companies have spent roughly a decade showing an utter lack of understanding of the effects the rampant spread of misinformation has had on society. It’s lead to survivors being abused online or in person. It’s even gotten people killed.
They should all be ashamed of themselves, and so too should we all for spending our time on their services while this literal tragedy played out before our eyes.
I don’t think it’s a stretch to assume that we’ll look back at this era of misinformation as an embarrassing folly of humanity.