YouTube Disabled Comments On Livestreams Of A Congressional Hearing On White Nationalism Because They Were Too Hateful - 2019-04-09
The comment sections quickly flooded with hate speech and white nationalist memes before the hearing had even started. The comments included derogatory remarks about women on camera, anti-Semitic slurs, far-right memes with references to "white genocide," and pro-Trump slogans. The channels' comments sections were deactivated within an hour.
"Hate speech has no place on YouTube. We've invested heavily in teams and technology dedicated to removing hateful comments and videos and we take action on them when flagged by our users," a spokesperson for YouTube told BuzzFeed News in a statement. "Due to the presence of hateful comments, we disabled comments on the livestream of today's House Judiciary Committee hearing." YouTube also confirmed the closures in a tweet.