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YouTube refuses to remove anti-Asian songs, staff

(Bloomberg)-YouTube’s refusal to remove songs that some employees find racist to people from Asia has created a turmoil within the company. This is the latest clash in the heightened national debate about anti-Asia hatred. A message board criticizing executives who opposed removing the video featuring the rap song “Meet the Flockers”, which debuted from recording artist YG in 2014. The track about robbery contains lyrics that encourage targeting areas where Chinese live. Over the past year, violence against Asian Americans and members of the Pacific islander community has skyrocketed, resulting in eight deadly shootings. Includes 6 Asian-American Women at 3 Atlanta Area Spas on March 16th. Anti-Asia prejudice surges on Tech Look On: Disagreements about full billing “Meet the Flockers” began when some YouTube employees asked the company’s Trust & Safety team. Remove the song from the video platform. An executive in that department and another content policy leader rejected the request by emailing staff on March 22nd. “This video is very offensive, given the ongoing violence against Trust & Safety and especially the Asian community,” the executive wrote. Lyrics can violate the company’s hate speech policy, with the exception of clips with educational, documentary, science, and art (EDSA) contexts on YouTube. “We’ve discussed this decision in detail among policy experts, but don’t enforce the policy consistently and set a precedent that could require YouTube to remove a lot of other music. “It’s a difficult decision to leave the video as it is,” Bloomberg added to the email he got a copy of. YouTube has an open culture that encourages employees to share their views even if they disagree with the decision, “a YouTube spokeswoman said in a statement. “We will continue this dialogue as part of an ongoing effort to balance openness with the protection of the entire YouTube community.” The company asked Bloomberg to keep executive names secret for security reasons. .. In the fourth quarter of 2020, YouTube said it had removed more than 97,000 videos and more than 46 million comments for violating the company’s policy on hate speech. The latest example of Silicon Valley workers and executives worried about the social or moral implications of a company’s business decisions. Alphabet Inc.’s Google has previously been angry with workers for efforts to build a censored search engine for China, an AI contract with the U.S. military, and a huge exit package for executives accused of sexual misconduct. I was facing. GoogleatWar: Employees in Rebellion YouTube’s decision on “Meet the Flockers” over military contracts emphasizes a belief in artistic expression, but music is for the platform as much of it is supported by ads, including YG songs. It is an important source of revenue. In response to a note from an executive, employee comments on the internal message board received more than 430 positive votes from colleagues. “This is a great opportunity to demonstrate leadership as a leader in the’Racial Justice Initiative’. Which side of the Edmund Pettus Bridge do you want to go to? The latter statement refers to Bloody Sunday, when a black citizenship activist marching from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery was brutally attacked by police in 1965. problem. It happened on Thursday and employees left the virtual meeting dissatisfied. They visited Memegen, Google’s internal meme generator page, to ridicule their boss. “Number of Direct Answers at Town Hall Zero” was a meme text with the word “zero” pasted into the gif of former US President Bill Clinton. Over 160 colleagues liked this post. Workers especially criticized a statement by an executive at the city hall that his wife was Asian-American. “Asian wives are not qualified,” wrote one employee. A message was superimposed on a photo of a woman wearing a T-shirt that said, “You don’t have to know about your Asian wife” and “I know about Asians.” A staff member wrote on a cartoon image. “This is a legitimate excuse Is the reason that has been permitted to remain in the YouTube video?” Please read here the entire e-mail to explain the rationale of YouTube: Hello, everyone. Thank you for raising this issue. He leads the YouTube Trust and Security and Content Policy team responsible for creating and enforcing content policies that govern YouTube. First of all, I understand that this video is very unpleasant and painful to watch for many, including many. Given trust and security, and especially continued violence against Asian communities. One of the biggest challenges of working at Trust & Safety is that you may have to leave content that you disagree with or offend. The hate speech policy prohibits content that encourages violence or hatred against protected groups for attributes such as race, ethnicity, or religion. Sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression. If you have an educational, documentary, scientific, or artistic context, you may be allowed to leave videos that violate the policy. This allows you to save stand-up comedy routines that contain offensive material, as well as live and sometimes violent newsreels shared by journalists and NGOs. In this case, this video will receive an EDSA exception as a music performance. EDSA is not a free pass for any content, but without the exception of this type of EDSA, there could be thousands of music videos that violate policies such as sex & nudity, violent or graphic content, hate speech, etc. .. As a result, removing this video will have a widespread impact on other musical content in the rap to rock genre, which also contains violent or offensive lyrics. We’ve discussed this decision in detail among policy experts, but video to ensure that the policy is consistently enforced and that YouTube doesn’t set a precedent that could have to remove a lot of other music. Made a difficult decision to leave. We will always do more to improve our hatred and harassment policies. While developing these policies, we will work with ERG frequently and will continue to do so. We also recognize that addressing bugs is not enough. To that end, we are currently working with diversity and inclusion managers and others to set up appropriate forums to ask questions and concerns about how to make YouTube a more comprehensive platform. These are difficult lines to draw and we will continue to work to get them right. Thank you for raising this issue. Visit bloomberg.com for articles like this. Subscribe now to get the most trusted business news sources. © 2021 Bloomberg LP

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