YouTube Will Soon Be Introducing ‘Creator-On-Creator Harassment’ Policies

YouTube has been working to make its platform safe for all. Following this, the video hosting network will soon be announcing its policies to avoid ‘creator-on-creator harassment’ problem.

Neal Mohan, YouTube’s chief product officer announced this at YouTube’s VidCon, held at Anaheim, California where content creators and other people of the same industry were also present.

No details have been shared about what this policy will exactly be about. However, there have been certain recent events regarding the platform after which this announcement was made.

Last month, Carlos Maza, host at Vox was targeted with homophobic language by conservative pundit, Steven Crowder. This started a debate about how YouTube should play as a moderator in aggressive speeches on the platform and some also demanded punishment for creators.

Mohan clarified that Crowder and Maza's case is not the base of this step, but it can easily be assumed that such events where another creator is hurt or harassed will fall under the implication of about-to-be introduced policies.

Spokesperson of YouTube said that Mohan was denoting the statement when YouTube’s CEO said that harassment faced by creators on the platform is taken seriously and the company would take action against it.

Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube talked about the same issue in June at Code Conference and said it is their next target to reduce harassment on the platform.

At the beginning of June, YouTube temporarily stopped Crowder from earning the revenue generated from videos on the platform when Maza pointed about his behavior. Though the CEO apologized to the LGBTQ community for the inconvenience but still did not take any strict action. As many creators were demanding to ban Crowder from the video platform and remove all his content.

YouTube said that his videos on the platform do not contain any harassment or cyberbullying, therefore, they cannot remove him entirely.

YouTube’s current harassment and cyberbullying policies clearly say that any content that humiliates or hurt anyone else on purpose will be considered against the policies of the platform. Yet it decided to let go Crowder despite many arguing that he violated the rules.

At Recode’s CodeCon, Wojcicki said that it took a lot of time for them to go through Crowder’s videos and understand the context. After checking numerous videos, the company concluded that none of them was against the harassment policies.

Wojcicki said that though there is room for improvement but the company has worked a lot to provide a safe and secure platform.

Policies like ‘creator-on-creator harassment’ may be the clear-cut rules that will ensure the security for all on the platform. It is very important to ensure for platforms like YouTube that creators, as well as other users, feel protected.

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