Until yesterday, white supremacist group Atomwaffen had an active presence on YouTube. A previously removed video on its channel featured neo-Nazi members chanting "gas the kikes, race war now" and firing weapons, Motherboard reported, while others included images of swastikas and "black lives don't matter" signs. When asked about Atomwaffen by The Daily Beast earlier this week, YouTube stated its policy on "borderline" hate speech violations, giving no indication it planned to ban the group's account. On Wednesday, however, the site did just that.
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Following the mass school shooting which killed 17 people and wounded over a dozen others in Parkland, Florida this month, YouTube launched a campaign to use some of its 10,000 new moderators to somewhat thin out the ranks of the conspiracy peddlers and far-right nuts which have become rampant across the site. Though other tech companies have been pressured into such action over the past year, the matter was particularly pressing for YouTube - which yet again promoted virulent conspiracy theories speculating that the shootings were a hoax or that the survivors were "crisis actors."
Fifty-eight people were killed in the Las Vegas massacre last week, the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history. Seventeen guns were found in gunman Stephen Paddock's hotel room, including a dozen that had been modified with a "bump stock," an added part that allowed the guns to fire more rapidly. And up until today, anyone with access to YouTube could watch a tutorial on how to modify their guns in the exact same way. Now those videos are not allowed.