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KING 810 Video Banned From YouTube, Labeled As "Hate Speech"

More wonderful publicity for King 810

More wonderful publicity for King 810

For the last year or so, Youtube has been aggressive in either demonetizing or removing any hate speech from it's platform. The site seems to have very little tolerance against this type of content, even demonetizing videos that feature editorial against hate speech – seemingly just creating a video about hate speech, whether positive or negative, is not one Youtube wants to be monetized on the platform.

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It seems as though Flint, Michigan band King 810 have been caught in the Youtube crossfires as their video for “Killem All” off their 2014 album Memoirs Of A Murderer has been deemed hate speech, according to the band. They posted a note on Instagram saying their video was removed from Youtube's servers.

“Logged into @youtube this morning to this tragedy. Youtube claiming to encourage free speech but removing content they arbitrarily pin as “hate speech.” This is music and artistic expression. The song and video are social commentary. Youtube you would not even exist as a company if they removed all things anyone may consider “hate speech.”

We as a people have made this a very large very rich company. I understand this is a for profit company with a policy and an agenda but its a bit dangerous when giants like Youtube and @google censor information and art only to expose us to cherry picked pieces consistent with their own views. Especially when we rely on them from day to day. This is something people should be aware and concerned about. – @dkgunn”

The video was coincidentally not deemed hate speech by Vimeo, if you would like to watch it there. The video features security camera footage of shootings and violence, some towards cops, some towards workers at grocery stores and gas stations as well as footage of riots, so it's confusing where the hate speech is exactly.

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Logged into @youtube this morning to this tragedy. Youtube claiming to encourage free speech but removing content they arbitrarily pin as "hate speech." This is music and artistic expression. The song and video are social commentary. Youtube you would not even exist as a company if they removed all things anyone may consider "hate speech." We as a people have made this a very large very rich company. I understand this is a for profit company with a policy and an agenda but its a bit dangerous when giants like Youtube and @google censor information and art only to expose us to cherry picked pieces consistent with their own views. Especially when we rely on them from day to day. This is something people should be aware and concerned about. – @dkgunn

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