YOUTUBE TO ‘FIGHT TROLLS’ BY HIRING ARMY OF TROLLS TO DELETE VIDEOS THEY DISAGREE WITH
YouTube is set to ‘fight the trolls’ by giving an army of trolls the power to mass flag and delete content with which they disagree, opening the door to brazen political censorship in a move that has been slammed by numerous prominent YouTubers.
In a video posted this week, YouTube announced its “Heroes” program, which turns censorship into a game by allowing users to earn points and ascend to new levels. Once a user reaches the higher levels, they are given the power to report “inappropriate” videos, “mass flag” videos and delete comments.
The video features a cartoon portrayal of someone mass flagging videos for deletion via a dashboard.
The policy is so unpopular that it has received over 415,000 ‘thumbs down’ compared with just over 7,000 ‘thumbs up’. The backlash was so vitriolic that YouTube has disabled the comments on the video. – READ MORE