Social Media are Closing Channels for Hateful and Racism Messages
On Monday, YouTube, Reddit and Twitch closed a series of channels to curb hateful messages and racism. The platforms respond to a demand for stricter rules.
YouTube is banning a series of far-right and racist channels. The platform has closed six known channels, including that of the American white nationalist Richard Spencer, Stefan Molyneux and former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.
According to YouTube, the channels in question repeatedly violated the rules by stating that certain groups of people are inferior to others.
At the same time, the live streaming platform Twitch has decided that it will temporarily stop publishing anything from Trump. The agency locked its account due to spiteful behaviour.
The offensive content from previous Trump videos has now been removed. Among other things, a contribution in which Trump says that Mexico is sending rapists to the US has been removed from the platform.
And then there is Reddit. The trendy internet forum is banning about 2,000 communities after tightening house rules. The news website mainly wants to prevent expressions of hate (hate speech).
Several Reddit groups (so-called subreddits) have already temporarily gone black in recent weeks due to protests against racism and police brutality in the United States. Activists accused Reddit of being too lax against racist statements and content.