YouTube cuts racist feed during US hearing

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YouTube disabled racist comments on its feed during a US Congress hearing on white supremacism, swiftly removing content that violated hate speech guidelines.

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The YouTube live stream of a US congressional hearing on white supremacism was forced to disable the comments section after it was overwhelmed by users spouting racist remarks against Jews and other minority groups.

Hate speech has no place on YouTube. We’ve invested heavily in teams and technology dedicated to removing hateful comments / videos. Due to the presence of hateful comments, we disabled comments on the livestream of today’s House Judiciary Committee hearing.Fittingly, PBS just decided to turn comments off on their YouTube stream of the Judicial Committee hearing for white supremacy on social media because it was filled with racist and antisemitic comments.

Jerry Nadler, the chairman of the committee and a leading Democrat, blamed President Donald Trump for an attitude that"fans the flames with language that, whether intentional or not, may motivate and embolden white supremacist movements".

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