According to a Bloomberg report on the 30th, some employees of the American video-sharing platform YouTube believed that a song was racist towards Asians, but the company refused to delete it, which sparked a quarrel within the company. Bloomberg pointed out that this is the latest conflict in the growing American national debate on anti-Asian hatred.
YouTube employees recently posted on the company’s internal message board criticizing executives who decided not to take down the video of the rap song “Meet the flokers.” This song was launched by American hip-hop singer YG in 2014. The song is about a burglary, and the lyrics encourage the theft to target the community where the Chinese live.
In the past year, there has been a surge in violence against Asian and Pacific Islander communities in the United States. A shooting incident in three massage parlors in Atlanta on March 16 killed 8 people, including 6 Asian women. .
According to the report, the disagreement on “Meet The flokers” began when some YouTube employees asked the company’s trust and security team to delete the song from the video platform. But an executive from the department and another head of content policy rejected the request in an email sent to employees on March 22.
These executives wrote: “We found this video to be extremely offensive, and we understand that it is painful for many people to watch this video, including many people who are out of trust and safety considerations, especially considering the current targeting of the Asian community. Violent behavior.” However, although these lyrics may violate the company’s hate speech policy, they said that YouTube makes exceptions for video clips with educational, documentary, science, or art (EDSA) backgrounds.
They added in the email: “Although we had a detailed debate on this decision, we still made a difficult decision to keep the video in order to enforce our policy consistently and avoid creating a It may lead us to delete many other music precedents on YouTube.”
YouTube said that in the last quarter of 2020, they deleted more than 97,000 videos and more than 46 million comments, which violated the company’s policy on hate speech.
YouTube executives promised to coordinate with YouTube’s diversity and inclusion director to hold a special meeting to discuss this issue. After the meeting last Thursday, the employees left the virtual meeting unsatisfactorily. They mocked their boss on Memegen, Google’s internally generated page.
In particular, employees criticized an executive who issued a statement saying that his wife was Asian American. An employee wrote: “An Asian wife is not a certificate.” Another employee wrote on a cartoon picture: “‘I know an Asian,’ Is this a valid reason for allowing the video to remain on YouTube? “