Google CEO: YouTube to start targeting content that ‘doesn’t exactly violate policies’

Google CEO: YouTube to start targeting content that ‘doesn’t exactly violate policies’
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg (L) and Google's Sundar Pichai (R). (Images: Zuckerberg, Facebook. Pichai, YouTube)

[Ed. – That certainly sounds editorial and content-productive from here, as opposed to antiseptically “platform.”  Which is only one way of seeing the social media censorship controversy, but may at some point be a decisive one.]

In an interview with Axios published Sunday but filmed before YouTube’s unveling of its new policy last week, Google CEO Sundar Pichai signaled YouTube’s crackdown and its plans to expand the ban to include “borderline content.” …

Google, said Pichai, “rank[s] content based on quality.” They plan to apply that same approach to YouTube. “And so we are bringing that same notion and approach to YouTube so that we can rank higher quality stuff better and really prevent borderline content,” he said.

Pichai then offered a definition of what he means by “borderline content.” “Content which doesn’t exactly violate policies, which need to be removed, but which can still cause harm,” he said, in language echoing YouTube’s statement to [Steven] Crowder days later.

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