Former YouTube moderator says platform ignores ‘legal and moral responsibilities’ to remove anti-Semitic content

The YouTube app is seen on a smartphone in this illustration taken July 13, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

A former YouTube moderator has claimed the video platform dismissed warnings to remove anti-Semitic clips and that he was removed from his post for drawing too much attention to inflammatory material, he says . The Jewish Chronicle.

“YouTube’s policy is a sham. They claim they will remove content that glorifies terrorism and contains racist hate speech, but what they do behind the veil of corporate secrecy is very different,” said Khaled Hassan, who worked for the company. British Risk Intelligence Crisp to identify extremist content in Arabic videos until earlier this month, the JC. Crisp is hired to “flag” content that violates YouTube policies, and the company also moderates Facebook.

“They are shitting their legal and moral responsibilities,” Hassan also said of YouTube. “They tell users that their platform is safe. In fact, they allow people to become radicalized and reinforce claims that Jews are evil and rule the world. »

A counterterrorism expert who fought extremism in Egypt before studying security policy at Britain’s University of Leicester, Hassan said JC that despite being made aware of problematic content on its platform, YouTube refused to remove anti-Semitic videos, including those promoting terrorism, from its website; describe the Jews as “Satan’s greatest agents” and “the ultimate source of evil”; and glorify the murder of Jerusalem tour guide Eli Kay in November.

He further claimed that the platform’s list of ‘globally designated terrorists’ did not include any Palestinian terrorists and that YouTube had also ignored requests to remove videos of banned Egyptian jihadist Wagdy Ghoneim. UK.

A report from a member of Hassan’s team to Crisp, received by YouTube on October 28, informed the platform of videos in which the late Pakistani preacher Israr Ahmad makes anti-Semitic remarks that incite violence against Jews. The report said Ahmad’s promotion of anti-Semitism in the videos was “likely to lead to violent attacks against Jews in the real world, and to foment religious and ethnic hatred and tension.” YouTube ignored the report and all the videos mentioned remain online, Hassan told the JC.

British terrorist Malik Faisal Akram – who took four hostages at the Beth Israel Synagogue in Colleyville, Texas in January – has been radicalized in part by watching Ahmad’s YouTube clips, he added.

Hassan said he was moved to another position at Crisp where he no longer moderated videos because he called out too many clips that YouTube refused to remove from its website. He resigned this month.

from YouTube website states that content is identified as hate speech “when it incites hatred or violence against groups based on protected attributes such as age, gender, race, caste, religion , sexual orientation or veteran status”.

“This policy also includes common forms of online hate such as dehumanizing members of these groups; characterize them as inherently inferior or diseased; promoting a hateful ideology like Nazism; promoting conspiracy theories about these groups; or deny that well-documented violent events took place, such as a school shooting,” he says.

On Wednesday, YouTube told the JC he removed Ghoneim’s main channel, but other videos of him remain on the platform. Another 10 videos were removed for violating YouTube’s “Community Guidelines”.

“Content promoting violence or hatred against the Jewish community is not permitted on YouTube,” a spokesperson told the British outlet. “Each quarter, we remove tens of thousands of videos that violate our hate speech policies…Our review is ongoing and we are committed to taking appropriate action to ensure that YouTube is not a place for those who seek to do harm.”