Why is YouTube banning videos which oppose anti-Semitism?

June 10, 2019

After years of requests to do so, YouTube (owned by Google) finally announced last week that they will start removing hundreds of thousands of videos promoting anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial. But instead they have banned a video I posted which opposes anti-Semitism. Please watch the short anti-Holocaust denial video below now, before Facebook also inadvertently bans it.

 

WHY IS YOUTUBE BANNING VIDEOS WHICH OPPOSE ANTI-SEMITISM?

[Note by Tom Gross]

YouTube have already banned this video I posted even though it is an ANTI-racist, anti-Holocaust denial video. (See their email below.)

You may want to watch it here now on Facebook before Facebook also mistakenly removes it. You do not need a Facebook account to open it and watch it:

https://www.facebook.com/TomGrossMedia/videos/618631868655544

Or here: https://www.facebook.com/196998727004321/posts/2233558080015032

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vp0Y7Mi2LpM

This clip features the crusading British journalist Carole Cadwalladr. After it was broadcast two years ago, Google claimed to have changed their search criteria so “are Jews evil?” no longer comes up as an automatic result when people type in “are J…” which then directs users to anti-Semitic and Holocaust denial websites.

However, it was only last week (June 5, 2019) that YouTube, which is owned by Google, finally announced it would begin to take down Holocaust denial videos.

https://youtube.googleblog.com/2019/06/our-ongoing-work-to-tackle-hate.html

Yet it is also taking down educational videos which oppose Holocaust denial!

There are hundreds of thousands of anti-Semitic videos remaining on YouTube and millions of such posts on Facebook (quite a number spread by British Labour Party activists and MPs).

Carole Cadwalladr works for the Observer, and was formerly at the Daily Telegraph. (Before that, when both she and I were less “serious” journalists, she and I helped co-write the first edition of The Time Out Guide Book to Prague.)

 

 

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