Following backlash, YouTube vows to tighten its harassment policy

The video platform has suffered criticism following its decision not to ban a controversial commentator’s content but to restrict him from making money on the site.

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YouTube is struggling to banish extremist content without enraging users who claim such bans violate free speech.

On Wednesday, the platform announced that it was “taking a closer look” at its harassment policies, which also affect videos that are hateful or discriminatory:

Today has generated a lot of questions and confusion. We know it hasn't been easy for everyone. Going forward, we'll be taking a closer look at our own harassment policies, with the aim to update them.

Our thoughts and plans:

— TeamYouTube (@TeamYouTube) June 6, 2019

In a blog post, YouTube said:

The openness of YouTube’s platform has helped creativity and access to information thrive. It’s our responsibility to protect that, and prevent our platform from being used to incite hatred, harassment, discrimination and violence. We are committed to taking the steps needed to live up to this responsibility today, tomorrow and in the years to come.

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