1 min readYouTube is trying to crackdown on hate speech, blocks uploading of archive Nazi videos

Is there a right way to censor content? The YouTube dilemma of June 2019 shows us that the issue is too complex and too sensitive to leave in the hands of algorithm.

The issue on online censorship made news just last June following a complaint from history professor Scott Allsop, owner of the YouTube channel MrAllsopHistory. According to Allsop, several of his videos, which covered various topics on the Cold War and the Norman conquest, was deleted from his YouTube Channel. He was also prevented by the site from uploading archived footages of Hitler giving speeches.

This article shows us the complexities and sensitivities involving online censorship, as well as the unintended consequences of using algorithm to police content. It also gives us an idea of the power Big Tech companies wield over their platforms.

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