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YouTube Renews Strike Rules, Intensifies Punitive Action

YouTube is one of Google's most popular services used worldwide and a volume of 400 hours of video content is posted on the platform every minute

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Google-owned video sharing platform YouTube has revamped its community guidelines and after almost a decade, updated its Strike rules.

“Starting February 25, all channels will receive a one-time warning the first time they post content that crosses the line, with no penalties to their channel except for the removal of that content,” the YouTube team wrote in a blog-post on Tuesday.

Under the new guidelines and Strike rules, the first strike would result in a one-week freeze on the ability to upload any new content to YouTube, including live streaming. The second strike in any 90-day period will result in a two-week freeze and the third strike would result in channel termination.

Moreover, the platform is expanding its policy resources aiming to provide more details about what behaviour could result in a strike.

“We always want to make it clear why a strike occurred, hence we’re making our email and desktop notifications clearer to provide more details on which policy was violated,” the post said.

YouTube is also adding new mobile and in-product notifications to highlight important information on strikes.

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“Our strikes system is an important way for us to help creators and artists understand when they’ve crossed the line by uploading content that undermines that goal. We’ll build on this and all the progress we’ve made over the last year by continuing to consult with you as we strengthen enforcement and update our policies,” the post added.

Copyright strikes will continue to be issued when YouTube receives legal requests from rights holders, will not offer a warning strike and follow the company’s separate penalty system detailed on the copyright strike page. Copyright strikes and community guideline strikes also don’t overlap, so a user with one community guidelines strike and two copyright strikes won’t see their channel closed, The Verge reported.

Over the past years, several times YouTube algorithms have received heat for not properly optimising content on the platform and not tightening its grip around creators and influencers who post or push controversial content on the app which is easily accessible to the masses.

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This policy modification announcement from YouTube comes after the video-sharing platform was accused of irresponsibly exposing minors to videos with questionable content and comments.

With over two billion users globally, YouTube is one of Google’s most popular services used worldwide and a volume of 400 hours of video content is posted on the platform every minute. (IANS)

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YouTube CEO Apologises to LGBTQ Community

The platform is looking to re-evaluate its harassment policies in the wake of the ongoing situation

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FILE - Signage is seen inside the YouTube Space LA offices in Los Angeles, California, Oct. 21, 2015. VOA

After the LGBTQ community called out to YouTube for not considering homophobic remarks as violation of its platform’s policies, company CEO Susan Wojcicki apologised to the community.

“I know that the decisions we made were very hurtful to the LGBTQ community and that wasn’t our intention at all. That was not our intention, and we are really sorry about that,” The Verge quoted Wojcicki as saying at the Code Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona on Monday.

Wojcicki’s apology comes in the wake of the company’s failure to take more definitive action against conservative pundit Steven Crowder who made homophobic and racist comments about Vox publications writer Carlos Maza, calling him “lispy queer” and “gay Mexican”.

The decision led to mass outcry from YouTube creators, critics and even Google employees who signed a petition against YouTube’s decision.

Apologising and defending the decision, the YouTube CEO said: “I’m really, personally very sorry. As a company we really want to support this community. It’s just from a policy standpoint we need to be consistent – if we took down that content, there would be so much other content that we need to take down.”

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Pride Month kicked off on June 1 and honours the LGBTQ community while commemorating New York’s Stonewall riots in June 1969. Pixabay

Even though YouTube left Crowder’s channel up, it did remove advertisements from his channel, the report added.

This is not the first time that Google has been pulled up for its anti-LGBTQ community stand.

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In March, US-based LGBTQ civil rights advocacy group — Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation — suspended Google from its 2019 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for failing to remove a “conversation therapy” app from its PlayStore.

The platform is looking to re-evaluate its harassment policies in the wake of the ongoing situation. (IANS)