YouTube, Twitch, Microsoft, as well as Facebook and Instagram parent
firm Meta announced on Thursday that they would monitor and remove
allegedly hateful and extremist content after President Joe Biden made a speech portraying white supremacy as rampant in the US.
According to a White House website, YouTube will expand its removal of content "glorifying violent acts" and will launch a campaign to help
young users identify the "manipulation tactics used to spread misinformation." Twitch will make it easier for users to report "hate
and harassment," Microsoft will use artificial intelligence to "detect credible threats of violence" from those who use its products, and Meta
will partner with the Middlebury Institute of International Studies'
Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism to "analyze trends
in violent extremism and… help communities combat it."
The latest censorship push was announced as Biden held a summit at the
White House entitled 'United We Stand.' Alongside speeches from
activists, law enforcement and business leaders, Biden used the event to
call for increased censorship of social media, gun control, and a broad crackdown on the "venom and violence" of "white supremacists."
However, FBI crime statistics show that white Americans do not disproportionately commit hate crimes compared to other races, and are
the least likely demographic group to commit homicide against other
races. The above statistics are raw totals, meaning the disparity in
crime rates between whites and other races is even starker considering
whites make up 58% of the US population, with Hispanics accounting for
18%, African-Americans 12.5% and other races 11.5%.
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