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Thu Oct 15, 2020, 02:53 PM

YouTube bans QAnon, other conspiracy content that targets individuals

YouTube said it would be enforcing the updated policy immediately, and plans to “ramp up in the weeks to come.”

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/youtube-bans-qanon-other-conspiracy-content-targets-individuals-n1243525

YouTube said Thursday that it would no longer allow content that targets individuals and groups with conspiracy theories, specifically QAnon and its antecedent, "pizzagate."

“Today, we are taking another step in our efforts to curb hate and harassment by removing more conspiracy theory content used to justify real-world violence,” the company announced on its blog.

The new rules, an expansion of YouTube’s existing hate and harassment policies, will prohibit content that “threatens or harrasses someone by suggesting they are complicit in one of these harmful conspiracies, such as QAnon or Pizzagate,” the post read.

YouTube said it would be enforcing the updated policy immediately and plans to “ramp up in the weeks to come.”

YouTube’s move to rid the platform of QAnon content follows similar recent changes by other social media platforms. In July, Twitter removed QAnon accounts and restricted QAnon content. Last week, Facebook said it would remove groups, pages and Instagram accounts that identified with QAnon.

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ItsjustMe Oct 15 OP
captain queeg Oct 15 #1
Cicada Oct 15 #2
Judi Lynn Oct 16 #3

Response to ItsjustMe (Original post)

Thu Oct 15, 2020, 03:01 PM

1. It's about time. There is so much crazy bouncing around the internet.

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Response to captain queeg (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 15, 2020, 07:06 PM

2. See Social Dilemma on Netflix

Former executives of social media firms say that without human guidance profit maximizing algorithms promote conspiracy theory material. Artificial intelligence is used to find ways to increase profit and that causes promotion of conspiracies such as flat earth, Qanon, etc. And by controlling what we see we can be persuaded to believe idiotic things. Conspiracy theories are great for social media firm profits so artificial intelligence builds algorithms which promote insane things. These former high level executives think this is extremely dangerous and is likely to lead us into civil war if not stopped. Literally. Also watch The Great Hack about how Cambridge Analytics helped Trump to manipulate those on Face Book. One of the Cambridge Analytics employees said that by controlling all the information you get she can get people to believe anything she wants. This is scary as hell.

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Response to Cicada (Reply #2)

Fri Oct 16, 2020, 01:20 AM

3. Whoa! Thank you, Cicada. Really sad to hear. Better to know now it can happen. n/t

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