A controversy has erupted over YouTube’s practice of taking down graphically violent videos that may be evidence of recent war crimes. YouTube’s policy — similar to other social media platforms — has been to remove content that contains hate speech, disinformation or disturbing images. In the past, Facebook and other services have been called out for failing to do enough to stop the live streaming of criminal and violent acts. Many user-generated content services have stepped up efforts to remove problematic videos as quickly as possible.
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