You Tube’s New Policy: Good Rules or Censorship?Damien Moye
So yesterday, we talked about Logan Paul’s ad suspension over bad You Tube/Twitter behavior. But it seems like You Tube isn’t stopping there. Because they now have new policy about what is good and what isn’t. You Tube’s new policy: Good rules or censorship?
So now, You Tube is ready to put suspensions and sanctions on any You Tuber. That is, any You Tuber that post videos they call harmful to the You Tube community, whether that be viewers, vloggers, or advertisers. However, this may not mean outright banning. It could mean blocking sponsors. It could also mean not making a home page or trending tab. I guess it depends on how severe the offense.
They are using humans to monitor and enforce these rules. But they’re also using AI/robot technology. What AI will do is track what vloggers are posting. One spokesperson said when somebody uploads something blatantly cruel, it can hurt a lot of people. He listed things like heinous pranks, promoting violence and hatred, and acts of cruelty. He says the damage can create real-life consequences. But he kinda assured us this isn’t about censorship. He said let’s make sure a few don’t impact the 99.9 percent who are doing right.
I gotta admit, that’s great talking when it comes to You Tube’s new policy. But is it the truth or spin? What will they consider inappropriate, or hate speech? The rules may have been a little clearer a few decades ago, or even a few years ago. But this is 2018. This is a time where everybody seems to be offended by everything, one way or another. You probably look at somebody wrong, and you’re going to offend them. That’s playing out in the IT support and computer servicing field as well. The other problem is the whole AI technology thing. So a robot is going to suspend somebody because their vlog was offensive? How will that work? You Tube’s new policy: Good rules or censorship?