YouTube reverses censorship of Spencer hate speech video

YouTube removed Atlanta magazine’s video of alt-right leader Richard Spencer’s “Hail Trump” speech from its platform calling it “borderline hate speech.”  The removal came after the speech was seen over 50 million times on Facebook and YouTube. After The Atlantic challenged the removal, YouTube admitted a mistake and restored the video to public searches. (The Atlantic, March 20, 2018, by Robinson Meyer)

In removing the video YouTube failed to distinguish between hate speech and reporting about hate speech demonstrating the limits of algorithms in weeding out objectionable content on the internet. (Techdirt, March 28, 2018, by Mike Masnick)

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