YouTube’s new moderators—which are supposed to spot “fake news” and misleading videos—wound up removing a whole bunch of conservative videos, channels, and accounts.
A number of things kicked off YouTube centered around the contentious Second Amendment debate currently brewing after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, last month. YouTube wound up removing a number of pro-gun videos.
Conservative news site Infowars also claimed that YouTube had taken down one of their videos, and disabled their live stream capabilities.
Now, YouTube—which is owned by Google, a company already in hot water with conservatives, thanks to a lawsuit filed by a conservative former employee—is claiming that it was all a big “mistake.”
“As we work to hire rapidly and ramp up our policy enforcement teams throughout 2018, newer members may misapply some of our policies resulting in mistaken removals,” said a spokesperson for YouTube, via email. “We’re continuing to enforce our existing policies regarding harmful and dangerous content, they have not changed. We’ll reinstate any videos that were removed in error.”