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While social-media platforms like Twitter crack down on abuse from alt-right accounts, YouTube is defending hosting propaganda videos from extremist groups that have been kicked off other sites.
Neo-Nazi groups like the Atomwaffen Division still have active YouTube presences, despite YouTube users reporting the videos for violating the site’s policies against hate speech. YouTube knows about the videos—and it’s keeping them up, the site told The Daily Beast.
Atomwaffen has been implicated in five murders from May 2017 to January 2018. The latest killing, that of a gay, Jewish college teenager, was celebrated by Atomwaffen online, ProPublica reported last week.
Despite new scrutiny of Atomwaffen, the group’s YouTube channel is still active and promoting the group’s message, Vice first reported this weekend. YouTube users have already flagged Atomwaffen videos as violating the site’s terms of service; the group’s recruitment videos are preceded by a YouTube message warning that “the following content has been identified by the YouTube community as inappropriate or offensive to some audiences.” 
But when asked about Atomwaffen and another neo-Nazi group that uses YouTube to target minorities, YouTube indicated that it would not be blocking the accounts.
“We announced last June that we would be taking a tougher stance on videos that are borderline against our policies on hate speech and violent extremism by putting them behind a warning interstitial and removing certain features, such as recommended videos and likes,” a YouTube spokesperson told The Daily Beast on Monday. “We believe this approach strikes a good balance between allowing free expression and limiting affected videos’ ability to be widely promoted on YouTube.”
It’s a fix Southern Poverty Law Center analyst Keegan Hankes calls “limited state” videos.

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