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Youtube’s Content Moderation Guidelines Revealed

What if a real emergency comes up, and you couldn’t get the word out because someone on Youtube couldn’t stand to see truthful and balanced reporting on its platform? That is exactly what is happening here. Narcissists have been placed in charge of social media.

But in fact, this is something that we’ve all seen before. I remember George Bush’s Patriot Act in 2001, where it was understood by everyone that you couldn’t not self censor yourself online by avoiding explicit words such as “bomb,” or “middle east,” or even tangential concepts such as “pilgrimmage.” Otherwise your name would have been placed on a targeted harassment + no fly list, and you would be surveilled to a much finer degree than the rest of the folk misfortunate enough to have overlooked the memo. You were forced to reduce your lexicon in exchange for freedom. What a silly thing to do wasn’t it? Now we can’t even say “Man, or “Woman,” or “2 genders.”

And for a real brain teaser: why are our rights being trampled on, just so that this Zelensky character, all the way out in Ukraine can have his payday?

Leaked slides detail YouTube’s Ukraine censorship – journalist

Posting screenshots from an internal training course reportedly cost a Polish contractor his job

A tutorial for YouTube’s content moderators that emerged on social media on Tuesday shows that the Google-owned platform has labeled a number of critical positions on the conflict in Ukraine “hateful” or “extreme” and can censor or demonetize creators on those grounds. While the parent company Alphabet has not confirmed or denied the screenshots’ authenticity, a Polish contractor who shared them has reportedly been fired.

Six screenshots shared by Russian journalist Andrey Guselnikov on Telegram show internal codes and examples of what YouTube has labeled “harmful” or “hateful” content in an online course mandated for content moderators.

According to the slides, the “glorification/promotion of [the] ‘Z’ symbol associated with the Russian military” is labeled “hate” and “extreme” under policy ID 864. So is saying that the conflict “is to denazify the Ukrainian government,” which is what Russian President Vladimir Putin said in February.

Saying that “Ukraine military is attacking its own people” is also considered problematic, ranging from “harmful-misinformation-moderate” (ID 862) to “harmful-misinformation-extreme” (ID 863) if the powers that be decide it amounts to “promotion or glorification.”

There was no clarification whether either standard would apply to factual reports of Ukrainian artillery targeting Ukrainian citizens living in territories under Russian control, for example.

Another highlighted phrase under policies 862 and 863 is “US funded bioweapons labs in Ukraine.” Presumably the key word here is “bioweapons,” since the existence of “biological research facilities” in Ukraine was recognized by US Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland in a Senate testimony in March, and the Russian military has repeatedly presented evidence that these labs were funded by the US government, and the Pentagon in particular.

One of the slides shows a list of “out of scope” claims, noting there is no “full-scale block on all content” related to the conflict.

According to Guselnikov, the source of the leaked slides is a Polish national named Kamil Kozera, who used to work for Majorel, a contractor hired by YouTube for content moderation. YouTube somehow identified Kozera from the screenshots and had him fired over the leak. RT cannot independently verify the authenticity of the screenshots, and has reached out to YouTube for comment.

The video hosting platform, owned alongside Google by the Silicon Valley behemoth Alphabet, took the unprecedented step in censorship by globally blocking RT, Sputnik and all channels “associated with Russian state-funded media” in early March, expanding on the original ban ordered by the EU authorities in their jurisdiction. It also “paused” all advertising and “all of the ways to monetize” on the platform – such as sponsorships and superchats – in Russia.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos in May, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said that the company continues to operate in Russia so it can “deliver independent news” to Russians, noting that “What we’re really seeing in this conflict is that information does play a key role, that information can be weaponized.”

7 comments on “Youtube’s Content Moderation Guidelines Revealed

  1. alphaandomega21

    Hello from the UK

    Many thanks for your post. I like the memes! I wrote a piece on the Russia/Ukraine situation earlier this year which you might appreciate., As I consider the whole thing more political theatre than reality I have used humour to try and diffuse the situation.

    Kind regards

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    • Digital Empire

      Also said to be a ‘Threemason’ which explains the triangle in ‘Threemasonry’.

      His nickname allegedly is Vlad the Implier, as he implies that the Russians in parts of the Ukraine are being oppressed, and which is why he, well his troops, have invaded the Ukraine.

      :D :D Vlad will imply his troops to Odessa if you keep making these brilliant puns :D :D

      Justin Trudeau – plays Prince Charming as he considers himself ’Sooo beautiful’. However, thought by some to be the witch of Snow White infamy. Believed to look into the mirror every day and says ‘Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all’.

      I see this everytime I hear his girly girl voice. How can a grown man bear to have such a girly girl voice, I don’t know.

      If Putin really wanted to take Ukraine, or at least the bits he wants, he could.
      Putin is problematic but so is Zelenskyy.

      Very balanced perspective. This is what we all need

      Centralisation of money and power and control in fewer hands, the elites who wish to subjugate the children of God, the gentle gentiles, a far larger group than some may imagine.

      I’m not the only one who believes that they have begun the process of depopulation. Or at the least: “Maintenance.”

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      • alphaandomega21

        Thank you very much. Maintenance is I think the correct term. Whilst I have not analysed Bill Gates in depth (the Mariana Trench would be a good depth to put him in), even he has been talking about reducing population growth rather than absolute numbers (unless I am much mistaken).

        Although that doesn’t mean he doesn’t want to see absolute numbers fall anyway.

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  2. Eric

    Reblogged this on Calculus of Decay .


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  4. shankjoejoe

    Wow! And, there are only 2 genders. Everything else is mental illness. 😊😊😊

    Liked by 1 person

    • Digital Empire

      Haha. What can we do but bring attention to it! Our lawmakers are committed to destroying our society.


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