Are YouTube’s excuses for terrible content finally wearing thin?

Like most big tech platforms, Google-owned YouTube has been struggling, or maybe not struggling enough, with how to deal with awful, hateful or violent videos on its network. This week YouTube waffled on how to handle videos from creator Steven Crowder, who repeatedly mocked a journalist for his race and sexual orientation. First YouTube said the videos didn’t violate its policies, then it did de-monetize Crowder’s channel, and on the same day YouTube announced new policies for dealing with hateful videos. Host Molly Wood talked with Julia Wong, a senior technology reporter for the Guardian. She said we should think of YouTube less like Facebook or Twitter and more like a company that pays entertainers and benefits from their work.

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