Following the raid on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, the Alphabet Workers Union (AWU) called on YouTube to permanently ban President Trump. This move shows that the influence of the newly formed organization composed of employees and contractors of Google’s parent company far exceeds the rights of workers.
On Wednesday, YouTube deleted Trump’s video of the attack, citing its policy on content suspected of widespread voter fraud. But the union called the response “lack of luster” and stated that the company was far from enough. They wrote in a statement: “YouTube only chose to delete one video, rather than removing it from the platform entirely, thereby refusing to make Donald Trump responsible for the platform’s own rules.” They added that the platform “ If we insist on giving priority to advertisers while exposing the public, we will continue to serve as a vehicle for the growth of the fascist movement.”
The workers also pointed to YouTube’s role in allowing the development of white nationalist movements. They said: “YouTube is no longer a tool of fascist recruitment and oppression.” “Nothing is more important than tolerating deadly acts of violence: from Gamergate to Charlottesville, from Christchurch to Washington, from Jair Bolsonaro to Donald Trump. The letter operation failed, causing huge losses to thousands of hate victims and the entire world.”
Alex Hanna, a research scientist who is a member of Google and AWU, told edge: “Our union has permanently retained white supremacist content on the platform. In the process of misrepresenting information and hate speech, it has shown incredible significance to YouTube’s complicity. As a staff member, we are in a unique position to oppose this behavior. , And push Alphabet to be responsible for its social impact when technology violates its profit incentive measures.”
Other platforms have taken concrete steps to prevent Trump from continuing to spread false information and incite violence. On January 7, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (Mark Zuckerberg) announced in his blog that at least for the next two weeks, Trump and Facebook will be prohibited from using Trump together indefinitely.
Twitter’s position was slightly weaker, locking Trump’s account for 12 hours. The company stated that if the president continues to violate its policies, it will permanently suspend the presidency.
Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment from edge.