There was so much news this week that we had to add another Vergecast episode to cover it all. Besides Apple’s WWDC, the most important story in The Verge’s coverage has been the various crises YouTube is facing over its moderation policies — problems with hate speech and harassment, pedophiles on the platform, and white supremacist content.
Verge editor-in-chief and Vergecast co-host Nilay Patel invites Silicon Valley editor Casey Newton and senior reporter Adi Robertson to the show to explain what is happening on YouTube, how YouTube is handling it, and the outrage cycle surrounding it.
Stories discussed in this episode:
- YouTube won’t stop recommending videos with children, despite pedophilia problem
- YouTube investigating right-wing pundit Steven Crowder for harassing Vox.com host
- YouTube decides that homophobic harassment does not violate its policies
- YouTube revokes ads from Steven Crowder until he stops linking to his homophobic T-shirts
- Google’s LGBT employees are furious about YouTube’s policy disasters
- YouTube just banned supremacist content, and thousands of channels are about to be removed
- YouTube Pulls ‘Triumph of the Will’ For Violating New Hate Speech Policy
- YouTube’s purge of white supremacist videos also hits anti-racism channels