Announcing the move in a blog post on Wednesday, YouTube said it was revamping its harassment rules in response to criticism, taking aim at “implied threats,”“personal attacks” and “malicious insults” hurled on the platform, especially those based on “protected attributes” like race or gender.
Different opinions: harassment
Cold hard facts: harassment
Edgy humor: harassment
Like I said. 1 step forward, 2 steps back.
— Iraku Music 💙 (@Dubskillz101) December 11, 2019
Under the new rules, the company will also take a more aggressive approach to scrubbing comment sections, where it says it deleted some 16 million posts just last quarter. While YouTube maintains that it won’t go after comments that are merely “negative or critical,” detractors said the new guidelines are vague, providing neither clear “lines” nor “guidance.”
So, YouTube has put out its new guidelines. They don't set lines, and they don't guide. t.co/yb2lX6OMPo
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) December 11, 2019