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The comment section of a livestream of a congressional hearing where Facebook and Google were among those testifying about white nationalism on the platforms was shut down after a flood of hate speech were posted, according to reports.
However, the live chat was flooded with people posting support for white nationalism and anti-Semitic remarks, according to the Washington Post. CNN also reported that there were racist and anti-Semitic remarks that were posted on the live stream before the hearing began.
The comment section on the official YouTube stream for the hearing on white nationalism and social media had to be turned off because it was too racist pic.twitter.com/6Wnyn4MsQF— Ryan Broderick (@broderick) April 9, 2019
Summary of Facebook and Google testimony so far: They are *very* troubled by all the hate in the world (spreading on their platforms). Hate is *definitely* against their rules. No mention of racist comments that flooded the hearing livestream until Google shut down chat.— Jessica Guynn (@jguynn) April 9, 2019
YouTube addressed the removal of the comment section in a tweet on Tuesday morning.
“Hate speech has no place on YouTube,” they wrote. “We’ve invested heavily in teams and technology dedicated to removing hateful comments / videos. Due to the presence of hateful comments, we disabled comments on the livestream of today’s House Judiciary Committee hearing.”
Hate speech has no place on YouTube. We’ve invested heavily in teams and technology dedicated to removing hateful comments / videos. Due to the presence of hateful comments, we disabled comments on the livestream of today’s House Judiciary Committee hearing.— YouTubeInsider (@YouTubeInsider) April 9, 2019
Representatives from the tech giants are testifying along with civil liberties advocates and Candace Owens.
You can read all of the Washington Post report here.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).