Stop Youtubes new "limited state" policy against supposed "hate speech".
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"We’ll soon be applying tougher treatment to videos that aren’t illegal but have been flagged by users as potential violations of our policies on hate speech and violent extremism. If we find that these videos don’t violate our policies but contain controversial religious or supremacist content, they will be placed in a limited state. The videos will remain on YouTube behind an interstitial, won’t be recommended, won’t be monetized, and won’t have key features including comments, suggested videos, and likes." -
You read that right. I had to re-read it again myself. This is Googles new "hate speech policy". They are putting this policy in place in the coming weeks as this is going up, and I must say I thought google was smarter than this. I thought that after the YouTube Heroes scare Google would have realized that massive swaths of its community are vehemently apposed to policies such as these. We all know how wide open the definition for hate speech is in our society today. This decision is much bigger than many of us think. And it is my hope that by the end of this you will not only support this petition, but support your beloved content creators as Google tries to scrub them from its platform.
To make things even worse than they already are, who has Google decided to appoint to oversee this mass policing of content creators? Why none other than NGO's such as the ADL: who laughingly framed a cartoon frog as a white supremacist symbol last October. The list of NGO's that Google has provided is glaringly biased, and one sided. NGO's such as the ADL are nothing more than activist groups who cannot be trusted to make a non-partisan decisions on what is "hate speech", and what is totally reasonable discussions on the topics of race, gender, politics, and current events.
Besides, as the Supreme Court reaffirmed last June "...hate speech no matter how offensive, is still free speech" (-Washington Post). The only exception being incitements to violence. At which there is a reasonable argument to be made that it is not the words that are the point of contingency, but instead the actions and consequences that are a result of these words. People aught to be free to be, do and say anything they like. While google is a private corporation and it legally can do whatever it pleases, it still owes its users and share holders a reassurance that it stands by one of the most basic of human freedoms. A freedom that too many have died to protect, and too many still don't have.
This is why I am writing this petition. My one simple demand is that google imminently puts a stop to this new policy, and issues a public statement that it stands with the full definition of free speech.
YouTube is something I love and cherish more than anything. It is a platform I use on a daily basis, and has brought me so many great hours of entertainment, fun, and enlightenment. It has been a huge part of my life and I don't want it to become sanitized or plastered. The YouTube I love is the YouTube where a wide range of personalities and ideas exist because of the eminence freedom that once inhabited this site. An eminence freedom that I believe can still be saved.
Because at the end of the day I think the people at Google have forgotten what the site used to be all about: "you-tube". YouTube is about you. You are the creator. You are the consumer. You are the one who makes this community great. If we let google do this to our community we open the door to something much scarier then even George Orwell could have ever warned us about. If we allow google to begin censoring content on loosely defined definitions such as "hate speech", we loose what this site was supposed to be all about.
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