Stephen E. Arnold: #GoogleGestapo Defines Censorship Terms

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Stephen E. Arnold

Google and Hate Speech: None of This I Know It When I See It

I read “YouTube Clarifies “Hate Speech” Definition and Which Videos Won’t Be Monetized.” I don’t know much about defining abstractions because I live in rural Kentucky. Our governor just recommended prayer patrols to curb violence in Louisville, home of the Derby and lots of murders on weekends.

Google has nailed down the abstraction “hate speech.” According to the write up, Google’s definition is:

[content which] “promotes discrimination or disparages or humiliates an individual or group of people on the basis of the individual’s or group’s race, ethnicity, or ethnic origin, nationality, religion, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristic associated with systematic discrimination or marginalization.”

And

“inappropriate use of family entertainment characters,” which means content showing kid-friendly characters in “violent, sexual, vile, or otherwise inappropriate behavior,” no matter if the content is satirical or a parody. The final category is somewhat broad: “incendiary and demeaning content” means that anything “gratuitously” demeaning or shameful toward an individual or group is prohibited.”

And

“controversial issues or sensitive events,” which YouTube defines as “video content that features or focuses on sensitive topics or events including, but not limited to, war, political conflicts, terrorism or extremism, death and tragedies, sexual abuse, even if graphic imagery is not shown… For example, videos about recent tragedies, even if presented for news or documentary purposes, may not be eligible for advertising given the subject matter.”

This is good to know for three reasons:

  1. Google can define abstractions. No disambiguation subroutines are required.
  2. Google could run ads against this type of content and make money, but Google will not do that. (Did Google run ads against these types of content in the past? Nah, “do not evil” shuts the door on that question.)
  3. Facebook can process Google’s definitions and craft even more functional guidelines. (Me too is the basic process for innovation or becoming a publisher with editorial guidelines.)

Next up for Google to define are “love,” “truth,” justice,” and “salary data.”

Stephen E Arnold, June 7, 2017

Robert David STEELE Vivas

ROBERT STEELE: Eric Schmidt has been leading a cabal that merits a racketeering investigation. #GoogleGestapo is a censorship system that defies all reasonable protections under the law for free speech and informed commentary. It turns out Schmidt — who has the full cooperation of Thiel, Zuckerberg, and others — wants to sell this censorship system to communist China — imagine that … Eric Schmidt is creating and testing in the USA a communist Chinese censorship system. Thiel is also the power behind the shadow government that is seeking to take digital control of all elections and all data so as to control the US public and achieve fascist outcomes no sane educated population would ever tolerate.

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