Thousands of videos on YouTube have been taken down in the wake of the Parkland shooting, and not just videos about David Hogg, either.
Many gun enthusiasts and conservative pundits have had their videos removed from the platform, and received community strikes, penalties dealt out by YouTube’s growing team of moderators.
After public backlash from those censored by the video-sharing site, YouTube has issued a lackluster apology in their preferred form of making excuses and passing the buck. Their excuse? All those newly-hired moderators apparently don’t know how to enforce their policies properly.
The less-than-sincere statement explains that some of the videos were “removed in error” and would be reinstated.
As we work to hire rapidly and ramp up our policy enforcement teams throughout 2018, newer members may misapply some of our policies resulting in mistaken removals.
In their haste to keep anyone from getting triggered, YouTube’s moderators have simply been removing any conservative or firearms-related video they deem questionable, and doling out a hefty supply of community strikes to make sure those pesky Pro-Gunners and anyone even slightly Right of Mao don’t make any SJWs spill their soy latte and run for a safe space.
Of course, many sources close to YouTube have suggested that the recent removals and strikes were actually part of the company’s attempt to appease liberal users, and that human moderators are simply a convenient scapegoat for negative publicity. YouTube has never been known for transparency regarding its content policies.