YouTube has also banned some prominent white supremacist channels. The Google-owned video platform said the channels had violated its policies that prohibit hate speech. In a statement YouTube said: “We have strict policies prohibiting hate speech on YouTube, and terminate any channel that repeatedly or egregiously violates those policies.”
The charities and other bodies, including Action for Children, Barnardo’s, the National Children’s Bureau, NSPCC, the Children’s Society, Unicef UK and the Child Poverty Action Group, say Covid-19 “threatens to cast its shadow” over the young for years to come.
The charities say the voices of children, young people and families must be at the heart of the recovery and rebuilding process and there must be renewed investment in the services they rely on.
Facebook Launches New Measures to Tackle Fake News
Steve Hatch, Facebook’s vice president for Northern Europe, says the media literacy campaign launched with fact-checkers ‘FullFact’ is evidence that the company is “listening and adapting”.
But some experts and critics argue the effort across the UK, Europe, Africa and the Middle East is “too little, too late”.
The campaign will direct people to the website StampOutFalseNews.com and ask users key questions about what they see online: “Where’s it from?” “What’s missing?” and “How did you feel? Misinformation or viral fake news has been a persistent issue for years on the social network, which flared up dramatically after the emergence of Covid-19.