Posted on June 3, 2020

Youtube Has Pledged $1 Million in Solidarity With Black Lives Matter Protesters, but Critics Note the Site Has Allowed White Supremacist Videos for Years

Isobel Asher Hamilton, Business Insider, June 1, 2020

YouTube tweeted on Saturday that it will be donating $1 million towards social justice in the wake of the protests raging across the US sparked by the killing of George Floyd. {snip}

“We stand in solidarity against racism and violence. When members of our community hurt, we all hurt. We’re pledging $1M in support of efforts to address social injustice,” YouTube said in an official statement. It was not specific about exactly where this money would be directed. {snip}

YouTube’s announcement drew a fair amount of backlash from people pointing out the platform’s history of allowing racist and white supremacist speech.

“Awesome to see how much positive feedback you’re getting from donating about half a day’s income without specifics when it took you years to do enforce your rules with white supremacists Richard Spencer, David Duke, Jared Taylor or Red Ice. Hypocrisy is a hell of a drug,” tweeted activist Twitter account Sleeping Giants. {snip}