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YouTube removes over 100,000 videos, 17,000 channels for violating its hate speech rules

YouTube acknowledged  it has removed more than 100,000 videos and over 17,000 channels for violating its hate speech rules in April through June, which is five times more than it removed in the previous three months. 

The popular social media video platform also took down over 500 million comments over hate speech and attributed the increase to its recent efforts to counter the proliferation of hate content.

In June, the company updated its hate speech policy to include a ban on supremacist content and the removal of videos that deny well-documented atrocities, such as the Holocaust, and the 2012 shooting rampage at Sandy Hook elementary school. 

YouTube, which is owned by Google also said it’s been able to remove more objectionable content before it was widely viewed efforts that have resulted in an 80% decrease in views on content that is later taken down for violating YouTube’s rules. 

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