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Leaked slides detail YouTube’s Ukraine censorship – journalist

A Polish contractor lost his job by posting screenshots of an internal training course.

A tutorial for YouTube’s content moderators that emerged on social media on Tuesday shows that the Google-owned platform has labeled a number of critical positions on the conflict in Ukraine “hateful”Or “extreme”You can demonetize and censor any creators based on these grounds. While the parent company Alphabet has not confirmed or denied the screenshots’ authenticity, a Polish contractor who shared them has reportedly been fired.

Andrey Guselnikov, a Russian journalist and photographer shared six Telegram screenshots that show the internal codes of YouTube. “harmful”Or “hateful”Moderators are responsible for the content of an online class.

The slides show that the “glorification/promotion of [the] ‘Z’ symbol associated with the Russian military”Is labeled “hate” And “extreme”Under policy ID 864. Also, it is possible to state that the conflict has been resolved. “is to denazify the Ukrainian government,”That is the exact statement that Russian President Vladimir Putin made in February.


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It’s a good idea to say that “Ukraine military is attacking its own people”Also, it is considered to be a problem. “harmful-misinformation-moderate”(ID 8622) “harmful-misinformation-extreme”If the powers are able to decide otherwise, it is (ID 863) “promotion or glorification.”

The question of whether one standard applies to actual reports of Ukrainian artillery hitting Ukrainian citizens in areas under Russian rule was still unanswered.


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A second highlighted phrase in policies 862 or 863 is “US funded bioweapons labs in Ukraine.”Presumably key word in this instance is “bioweapons,”Since its inception, “biological research facilities”In March, US Under Secretary Victoria Nuland acknowledged that Ukraine had been recognized. Additionally, Russian military evidence has consistently shown that these laboratories were funded in part by the US government.

One slide shows a listing of “out of scope”However, claims that there are no “full-scale block on all content”The conflict. 

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Guselnikov claims that the leaker of the slides was a Polish citizen named Kamil Kozera. He used to be a Majorel contractor, which YouTube hired to moderate its content. YouTube identified Kozera by the screenshots. They fired him for the leak. RT is unable to independently verify authenticity of the screenshots. YouTube has been contacted for comment.

Alphabet in Silicon Valley, which owns the video hosting service, made the extraordinary step of blocking RT and Sputnik worldwide. “associated with Russian state-funded media” in early March, expanding on the original ban ordered by the EU authorities in their jurisdiction. It also “paused”All advertising “all of the ways to monetize” on the platform – such as sponsorships and superchats – in Russia.

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki spoke at the World Economic Forum, Davos in May. She stated that YouTube will continue to be active in Russia as it can. “deliver independent news”Russians noted that “What we’re really seeing in this conflict is that information does play a key role, that information can be weaponized.”

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