YouTube will remove comments that make “veiled or implied threats” against individuals or insult people based on race or sexual orientation, the streaming giant revealed in a blog post.
“We will no longer allow content that maliciously insults someone based on protected attributes such as their race, gender expression, or sexual orientation,” YouTube stated.
“This applies to everyone, from private individuals, to YouTube creators, to public officials.”
The new ban includes content simulating violence toward and individual or language suggesting physical violence.
To enforce the ban, the site announced it would be building upon the framework it already employs for its hate speech policies.
“Harassment hurts our community by making people less inclined to share their opinions and engage with each other,” it stated.
“We heard this time and again from creators, including those who met with us during the development of this policy update.”
Channels that repeatedly break the site’s harassment policy will be suspended from the YouTube Partner Program, which means they will no longer be able to make money from the site.
YouTube announced it would also remove comments that “clearly violate” its policies.
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