YouTube’s CEO won’t commit to banning QAnon content from platform

  • YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki isn’t committing to an outright ban of QAnon content on the platform. 
  • Wojcicki was asked about banning QAnon, a baseless far-right conspiracy theory, during an interview with CNN’s Poppy Harlow. She cited the movement’s grassroots nature as a complicating factor in banning it but added that YouTube’s policies are continuing to evolve.
  • Wojcicki said YouTube has already removed “hundreds of thousands” of QAnon videos and made changes to its recommendations tool, which she said have resulted in an 80% reduction in views on QAnon videos. 
  • Earlier this month, Facebook dealt a blow to the QAnon movement by announcing it would ban Pages and Groups, as well as Instagram accounts, that represented QAnon. 
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Facebook may have banned QAnon content from all of its platforms, but Susan Wojcicki isn’t committing to doing the same on YouTube.

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