YouTube’s crackdown on extremism is removing important educational videos, teachers say

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As part of its effort to curtail hate speech on its platform, YouTube has recently been taking down videos deemed promotional of Nazism or Adolf Hitler.

In the process, however, critics say the video site is removing educational footage that could warn future generations of the dangers of such radicalized ideologies.

History teacher Scott Allsop said hundreds of clips from his channel, including Hitler speeches, were removed.

“It’s absolutely vital that YouTube work to undo the damage caused by their indiscriminate implementation as soon as possible,” he said. “Access to important material is being denied wholesale as many other channels are left branded as promoting hate when they do nothing of the sort.”

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Chris Agee is an American journalist with more than 15 years of experience in a variety of newsrooms. After a wide-ranging career in print and broadcast media, he served as managing editor of Western Journalism from 2013 to 2017. During that period, the news outlet became one of the 100 most visited websites in the world. In 2018, he founded Informed Media Group with the goal of providing "information without an agenda." In addition to creating stellar content for third-party publishers, IMG currently operates two of its own properties, Scope News and The Extract. Chris Agee lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife and son.