UPDATED 6:54 AM PT — Monday, June 10, 2019
Google CEO Sundar Pichai recently addressed website policies relating to YouTube in the wake of yet another scandal revolving around social media censorship.
Conservative commentator Steven Crowder was demonetized from YouTube after a relentless effort from Vox commentator Carlos Maza to get him deplatformed, prompting more widespread debate about social media silencing conservative voices.
YouTube caved to activists and punished Crowder with demonetization after initial outcry of YouTube’s policy changes attempting to handle “harmful content” cracked down on videos perceived to feature radical beliefs.
“We rank content based on quality, and so we are bringing that same notion and approach to YouTube so that we can rank higher quality stuff better and really prevent borderline content,” Pichai explained. “Content which doesn’t exactly violate policies, which need to be removed, but which can still cause harm.”
Free speech advocates have claimed borderline content mainly targets conservative voices as well as going to the extreme of banning YouTube accounts containing historic and archival footage. Conservatives believe YouTube’s new policies are going to further weed out their voices as Pichai revealed the site will now rank videos through a vetting process.
“I think we’re making a lot of progress, but the thing we are trying to do is to bring more authoritative sources and fact checks on videos which may be controversial,” he stated.
Conservatives have concluded this new authority and its fact-checks will be heavily biased by left-wing sources.
Since Vox’s attempted take down, Crowder has gained over 90,000 subscribers on his “Louder with Crowder” YouTube channel.