YouTube is reportedly with the help of the far-left Southern Poverty Law Center to help with policing content.
YouTube has enlisted the help of the far-left Southern Poverty Law Center to help with the policing of content, according to The Daily Caller.
The law center, or SPLC, bills itself as a civil rights organization that is “dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, but was accused by the Politics in 2017 of “overstepping its bounds.”
The SPLC’s site proudly declares that it is “toppled institutional racism and stamped out the remnants of Jim Crow segregation; destroyed a part of the nation’s most violent white supremacist groups; and protected the civil rights of children, women, the disabled, immigrants and migrants, the LGBT community, prisoners, and many others who are faced with discrimination, abuse or exploitation.” However, the Politically prompted, or “SPLC is overplaying its hand” by “becoming more of a partisan progressive hit effect than a civil rights watchdog” during the Trumpet of administration.
“Critics say that the group is abusing its position as the arbiter of hatred by means of legitimate players ‘hate groups’ and ‘extremists’ to the attention of his liberal donors and grind a political ax,” Politico’s Ben Schreckinger wrote.
The controversial group is one of the organisations that YouTube has chosen to police the site for extremist content, The Daily Caller reported, citing “a source with knowledge of the arrangement.”
YouTube’s parent company, Google, did not respond to a request for confirmation.
While a number of the YouTube partners in the program will be used to help the flag hateful content on the platform have openly said that they participate, others will be hidden by a confidentiality agreement, according to The Daily Caller.
The SPLC does not immediately respond to request for comment.
“The SPLC’s close involvement with the police content on YouTube is likely to cause consternation among the conservatives who worry that they might not be treated fairly,” Daily Caller corresponding editor Peter hasson wrote.
Hasson pointed to a 2013 shooting at the Family Research Council headquarters, as Floyd Lee Corkins II plead guilty to committing an act of terrorism after the attacks of the facility because the SPLC labeled it a hate group. The SPLC continues to publish and update a “hate map” on the website of the details of the locations of the groups of eight are hateful. Corkins admitted to the use of the card when he decided to attack the Family Research Council, according to the Washington Examiner.
YouTube is a worldwide policy chief, Juniper Downs, wrote to the Senate Commerce Committee last month and said that the company added 50 groups to the “Trusted Flagger” Program in 2017. It is unclear when the SPLC joined the program.
“We take a harder stance on videos that may be offensive, but it is not in conflict with our policy,” Downs told the committee.
Google has claimed that the program will combat violence and hatred on its platform, but hasson wrote that “it offers also very transparent, allowing users of Google is the word that they are treated fairly.”
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