Friday, June 07, 2019

Twitter simplifies its TOS rules; Vox seems to double down on demands on YouTube, putting embedded political content in more danger everywhere?


Two days after YouTube Purge 2.0, Twitter took a good step and simplified its rules, reducing the word count from 2500 to 600, story here

The rules, as stated, seem fair and neutral enough, and if applied as written, may show that Dorsey et al take seriously their confrontation interview with Tim Pool last fall.  One of the more interesting rules has to do with election integrity. But this is not an existential problem for users, because the fears over election influence that had surfaced back around 2004 would be more much applicable to bloggers and vloggers.

The controversy over the YouTube purge continued Friday, as Vox seemed to double down on its “demands” of YouTube regarding GLBTQ+ creators, but in a way that seems identarian and polarizing.

A piece by Aja Romano on Vox seems to object to the presence of hate speech even if embedded for journalistic report, at least when applied to Crowder’s case.  But that isn’t so much about argument as about comedy and parody, for which there are other precedents.

But Vox had already released its sudden purge of monetization of controversial news videos even if justifiable by context.  Presenting someone talking about Nazism was seen as promoting Nazism because it seems gratuitous. But then, libraries still have “Mein Kampf”, right?  Or is it the quick access on the Internet that means that homemade journalism about extremism is no longer to be allowed, at least as a career? 
  
  
That seems to be the case for now as Carey Wedler interviews Ford Fischer. Let’s hope that YouTube rethinks this again.  Without independent journalism, Nick Sandmann would still be wrongfully seen as a pariah, because the mainstream trusted fourth estate didn’t do its job and it took independent journalists to provide a number set of eyes on what they had missed.

An article on Rolling Stone piece by Matt Tabbai is even more blunt on the meta-content problem. 

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