Extremist ads and LGBT videos: do we want YouTube to be a censor, or not?

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Is the video-sharing platform a morally irresponsible slacker for putting ads next to extremist content – or an evil, tyrannical censor for restricting access to LGBT videos? YouTube is having a bad week.

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YouTube has been in the news lately because of two connected battles: the positioning of certain ads around what might be considered to be ‘extremist’ content, and the inherent problems in the algorithms used to categorise content as extremist or restricted.

The article in the New Statesment attempts to bring the moral arguments to bear on these algorithmic moves, raising the point about false equivalence of extremist videos and LGBT content, and whether responsibility for censoring certain voices ultimately represents the handing over of power in a problematic way.