Google-owned YouTube, which announced in December that they were going to assign more than 10,000 people to moderate content and check for fake news mistakenly deleted video clips and channels from right-wing, pr0-gun producers and outlets after the Feb 14 shooting in Parkland, Florida.
After users complained about the action, YouTube admitted some content was removed by mistake though it didn’t specify which channels and clips fell under this category.
“As we work to hire rapidly and ramp up our policy enforcement teams throughout 2018, newer members may misapply some of our policies resulting in mistaken removals,” a YouTube spokeswoman wrote in an email to Bloomberg News. “We’re continuing to enforce our existing policies regarding harmful and dangerous content, they have not changed. We’ll reinstate any videos that were removed in error.”
YouTube is also facing pressure from left-wing and pro-gun control groups to remove the National Rifle Association’s NRA TV channel, but they have resisted those calls as the channel doesn’t violate the company’s official policy which states that “harmful or dangerous” and “hateful” content can violate its guidelines. If a content provider breaks the rules three times within three months, YouTube terminates the account.
Social media platforms have not been favorably disposed to conservatives and this case reinforces the liberal bias that pervades the social media universe.