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Technology YouTube bans QAnon conspiracy videos that target a person or group

11:11  16 october  2020
11:11  16 october  2020 Source:   cnet.com

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Those videos are then so widely viewed that they saturate the top of search results with conspiracy theories “On the other hand, by only prohibiting conspiratorial content that specifically targets other individuals or groups , it may leave huge amounts of leeway for QAnon content to continue to thrive.”

The Google-owned video platform announced Thursday that it will be banning cospiracy theory QAnon ’s content often focuses on baseless claims of a conspiracy between Democrats and YouTube ’s move comes a week after Facebook removed hundreds of QAnon -affiliated groups over

a group of people standing in front of a building: YouTube will remove videos that threaten or harass someone by suggesting that person is complicit in conspiracy linked real-world violence -- which includes QAnon. Getty Images © Provided by CNET YouTube will remove videos that threaten or harass someone by suggesting that person is complicit in conspiracy linked real-world violence -- which includes QAnon. Getty Images

YouTube banned some videos pushing false conspiracies such as QAnon or Pizzagate, the company said Thursday, pledging to remove videos that target an individual or group with conspiracy theories that in the past have been used to justify real-world violence. With tweaks to its policies on harassment and hate, Google's massive video service said it would take down videos that suggest somebody is complicit in the unfounded conspiracy QAnon, which has grown in prominence over the last three years.

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The company said it would ban material targeting a person or group with conspiracy theories that have been used to justify violence, such as QAnon . In a blog post on Thursday, YouTube said it had "removed tens of thousands of QAnon videos and terminated hundreds of channels" under its

Rather than a blanket prohibition of QAnon videos or accounts, YouTube is expanding its hate and harassment policies to include conspiracies “Context matters, so news coverage on these issues or content discussing them without targeting individuals or protected groups , may stay up,” YouTube , a

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QAnon is a complicated collection of untrue beliefs including, for example, the notion that a secret club of Satanist Democrats, child-trafficking millionaires and "deep state" officials is trying to topple the administration of President Donald Trump. Pizzagate is a false conspiracy theory linking Hillary Clinton to a pedophile ring. Both have been debunked.

Over the three years since QAnon theories first emerged on the fringes of the internet, the prominence of QAnon has grown, especially in the run-up to the US election this year. The FBI last year classified the QAnon movement as a domestic terrorist threat.

But YouTube and other mainstream social media platforms have been crucial in widening QAnon's reach. A video called Out of the Shadows, for example, featured major figures within the QAnon movement and was posted to YouTube in April. It reached nearly 18 million views in less than five months, according to an August report on QAnon's evolution on social media by analysis firm Graphika.

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YouTube announced in a blog post Thursday morning that it would prohibit content that uses the QAnon conspiracy theory to target or harass an individual or group . YouTube 's post specified that the platform would allow news coverage or videos debunking QAnon .

“ YouTube banning Q content is a welcome and overdue step in de-platforming Q, but I’d caution against looking at is as a death blow for the conspiracy ,” she Yet forcing believers off YouTube will likely reduce other people’s exposure to dangerous QAnon -related ideas, thus reducing the likelihood

"QAnon's success in spreading content beyond its immediate community has been most obvious" with the rapid spread of "YouTube documentaries" like Out of the Shadows and others, the report said.

YouTube, the internet's biggest video source, with more than 2 billion monthly users, said Thursday that it's already removed "tens of thousands of QAnon videos and terminated hundreds of channels" under its previous policies. "All of this work has been pivotal in curbing the reach of harmful conspiracies, but there's even more we can do to address certain conspiracy theories that are used to justify real-world violence, like QAnon," it said.

The new policies aren't a blanket ban against QAnon on YouTube. One exception is news coverage that explains these issues. Another exception: Any content discussing QAnon or other dangerous conspiracy theories without targeting individuals or protected groups.

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YouTube will take down videos that target individuals or groups with conspiracy theories that have previously incited violence, the company said Thursday. The Google-owned company cited QAnon as an example of one such theory, but stopped short of an outright ban .

The video platform owned by Alphabet’s GOOGL, -0.51% GOOG, -0.57% Google said Thursday it will now prohibit material targeting a person or group with conspiracy Pizzagate is another internet conspiracy theory — essentially a predecessor to QAnon — that would fall in the banned category.

YouTube's announcement Thursday came the same day the US House of Representatives' intelligence committee held an open hearing on online misinformation and conspiracy theories. Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, a Democrat of California, noted that YouTube's ban just hours earlier was one of the "necessary preliminary steps" that tech and social-media companies like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter have taken so far.

YouTube said it would begin enforcing the updated policy Thursday and "will ramp up in the weeks to come."

See also: QAnon: What you need to know as this unhinged, pro-Trump conspiracy theory grows

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