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A congressional hearing on online hate turned into a vivid demonstration of the problem Tuesday when a YouTube livestream of the proceedings was bombarded with racist and anti-Semitic comments.
YouTube disabled the live chat section of the streaming video about 30 minutes into the hearing because of what it called "hateful comments."
Incident - Executives - Google - Facebook - House
The incident came as executives at Google and Facebook appeared before the House Judiciary Committee to answer questions about the companies' role in the spread of hate crimes and the rise of white nationalism in the U.S.
They were joined by leaders of such human rights organizations as the Anti-Defamation League and the Equal Justice Society.
Neil - Potts - Facebook - Director - Policy
Neil Potts, Facebook director of public policy, and Alexandria Walden, counsel for free expression and human rights at Google, condemned the spread of hate crimes and defended company policies that prohibit material that incites violence or hate.
"There is no place for terrorism or hate on Facebook," Potts testified. "We remove any content that incites violence."
The hearing was prompted by...
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