YouTube announced in a Thursday blog post that they are expanding their hate and harassment policies to further crackdown on “harmful conspiracies” such as QAnon.
“Today we’re further expanding both our hate and harassment policies to prohibit content that targets an individual or group with conspiracy theories that have been used to justify real-world violence,” the company said in the blog post. “One example would be content that threatens or harrasses someone by suggesting they are complicit in one of these harmful conspiracies, such as QAnon or Pizzagate.”
“As always, context matters, so news coverage on these issues or content discussing them without targeting individuals or protected groups may stay up,” YouTube added. “We will begin enforcing this updated policy today, and will ramp up in the weeks to come.” (RELATED: ‘You’re Bringing It Up, And It’s Ridiculous’: Mark Meadows Blasts Chris Wallace Over QAnon Question)
In our reporting, YouTube was QAnon’s largest remaining radicalization driver.
This enforcement action puts YouTube somewhere in between Twitter (make QAnon accounts harder to find, ban overt harassment) and Facebook (outright ban on QAnon content).https://t.co/Se5hukd30G
— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) October 15, 2020
YouTube said that they have already removed “tens of