Google's new policy to widen control on 'extremist' videos on YouTube

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, IndiaUpdated: Nov 14, 2017, 05:46 AM IST

Youtube logo reflected in a person's eye. Photograph:(Reuters)

In the past few months, Google has been actively keeping a check on YouTube content. The video sharing website had removed several extremist videos from the site.

As part of its new policy, Google aims to keep a check on videos featuring people and groups that have been designated as "terrorists" by the US or British government. 

The move comes after the company faced increasing pressure from governments. The new policy will restrict terrorist groups based on the government's list.

However, the policy will not affect news clips or educational videos about terrorism. 

Citing that such content in the website radicalises viewers and results in deadly terror attacks, governments and human right groups have been forcing YouTube to crackdown on extremist videos for a long time. 

Earlier the company had announced that “inflammatory religious or supremacist content” that does not violates its policies would be allowed with warning labels.

Such videos were restricted to any advertisement revenue. 

Google General counsel Kent Walker had said in a blog post then calling for a "right balance" between "free expression" and "access to information without promoting extremely offensive viewpoints."