In 2005, three buddies from Paypal introduced Youtube to the world. And since then, our lives have never been the same again. People can get lost in this video sharing site for hours because of a wide variety of interesting content you can watch for free at your convenience.
If you are a star at heart, you can even make Youtube as the platform for your stardom where you can regularly post videos on your channel and showcase your talents to the world. Aside from being free and sometimes helpful to society, one of the perks offered by Youtube is that you can make a career out of it. Famous Youtubers earn six-figures annually from ads placed on their channel. It is some serious money if you take Youtube just as seriously. However, it is not always rays of sunshine and butterflies, many shady videos are also all over Youtube.
“Social media companies’ failure to deal with illegal and dangerous material online is a disgrace. They have been asked repeatedly to come up with better systems to remove illegal material such as terrorist recruitment or online child abuse. Yet repeatedly they have failed to do so. It is shameful. These are among the biggest, richest and cleverest companies in the world, and their services have become a crucial part of people’s lives. This isn’t beyond them to solve, yet they are failing to do so. They continue to operate as platforms for hatred and extremism without even taking basic steps to make sure they can quickly stop illegal material, properly enforce their own community standards, or keep people safe.”
While we get to watch reruns of shows or movies that we like or even follow famous Youtube personalities from time to time, there is another side to Youtube that worries people all over the world. Political hate videos abound the site and in plain access of everyone, even young kids who have their own iPads or tablets to help them pass time as their busy parents struggle to make both ends meet can watch it on demand.
MPs have accused social media giants of a “shameful” failure to tackle online terrorist propaganda and hate speech.
A hard-hitting report accused major firms of putting more effort into protecting their profits than keeping the public safe online.
Ministers should consider forcing firms to pay for the cost of policing on social media and introducing a system of sanctions with multimillion-pound fines, the Home Affairs Select Committee said.
The cross-party committee, which took evidence from Google, Facebook and Twitter, acknowledged that the technology giants had considered the impact that online hate, abuse and extremism can have on individuals and welcomed measures taken to tackle the problem.
But they said “nowhere near enough is being done”.
The committee said it had found “repeated examples of social media companies failing to remove illegal content when asked to do so”, including “dangerous” terrorist recruitment material, promotion of sexual abuse of children and incitement to racial hatred.
The report said: “The biggest companies have been repeatedly urged by governments, police forces, community leaders and the public to clean up their act, and to respond quickly and proactively to identify and remove illegal content. They have repeatedly failed to do so.
It is no longer acceptable for these major tech giants to keep ignoring or shrugging off the concerns of many responsible citizens.Racism, discrimination, and conflict still make the headlines all over the world and the threat of an impending World War 3 even looms on the horizon as hate speeches, racist posts and terrorist videos are everywhere, fueling anger and divisiveness among the people. Social media companies like Youtube and Facebook have a moral responsibility to uphold the morals of the public and not instigate conflict through the use of their social media channels.
They continue to disregard public safety simply because they make money from these hateful posts since ads still appear alongside them. Some of these extremist posts have actually been created by terrorists themselves to spread hate and to earn money especially once these inappropriate posts become viral. And sadly, this is still the reality we face every day. While for instance, Youtube has been ingenious in implementing stringent procedures in protecting copyright, they appear to be not as eager in addressing this hate issue that is all over their site. So, the burden now falls on you to avoid clicking these posts and remain impartial especially in issues that involve race and politics.