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Faculty in the News, June 7

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YouTube’s effort to ban content promoting bigotry ‘positive and well-intended’ but execution was botched, CSUSB professor says
Los Angeles Times
June 6, 2019
YouTube’s campaign against hateful and racist videos is claiming some unintended victims: researchers and advocates working to expose racist hatemongers, including a video channel tied to Cal State San Bernardino’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism.
YouTube declined to confirm whether the dozen or more academic videos were removed as part of the recent crackdown, but after the Los Angeles Times inquired, it said Thursday that it had reinstated the channel.
YouTube’s moves to start banning content promoting bigotry were “positive and well-intended,” but the execution has been botched, said Brian Levin, director of the CSUSB center.
“Artificial intelligence has not been honed to the level where it can distinguish between content that is promoting the most odious bigotry, and that which is reporting and analyzing it,” he said.
Read the complete article at “YouTube's purge of white supremacist videos also hits anti-racism channels.”

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