Update – YT Unable to Identify Violation of Community Guidelines

In This Post I wrote about how I’d reported a user for violating the YT community guidelines by sending me wishes of rape and violence via private message, and also for throwing hate speech directed at ‘fags and niggers’ on some public videos around YT. YT deleted the specific comments I reported, but didn’t remove others that still existed, and didn’t address the matter of my PM. I sent them another report, reminding them about the nasty PM and pointing out that since they didn’t remove his account the guy was still there spreading hate targeted at minority groups in clear violation of their Community Guidelines. I linked to one of the comments but there were a few more. In the interim, the comment I reported vanished, presumably deleted by the video owner. YouTube picked up my report, didn’t see this comment, completely ignored what I’d written in the ‘Additional Information’ box, AND completely ignored the other hateful comments that STILL existed from him.

They sent me this response.


Just to recap, this the PM the user sent me;

you reek of pseudo-intellectual. youre just another ugly slut that uses the title of gamer girl to attract all the omega autists of the world.

I hope you get raped and beaten in front of the person you love the most in this world.

YouTube’s Community Guidelines?

We encourage free speech and defend everyone’s right to express unpopular points of view. But we don’t permit hate speech (speech which attacks or demeans a group based on race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, and sexual orientation/gender identity).

Things like predatory behavior, stalking, threats, harassment, intimidation, invading privacy, revealing other people’s personal information, and inciting others to commit violent acts or to violate the Terms of Use are taken very seriously. Anyone caught doing these things may be permanently banned from YouTube.

They clarify Hate Speech:

“Hate speech” refers to content that promotes hatred against members of a protected group. For instance, racist or sexist content may be considered hate speech.

And Harassment:

It comes down to respect. YouTube is all about sharing and interacting with the community in respectful ways. If you’re not sure whether a video or comment you’ve made crosses the line, follow a simple rule of thumb: if you wouldn’t say it to someone’s face, don’t say it on YouTube. And if you’re looking to attack, harass, demean, or impersonate others, go elsewhere.

Well, Google, thanks for making me feel safe. Thanks for taking the time to ensure that your own rules are upheld. Thanks for sticking to them so resolutely, and for staying true to your word that violations are taken very seriously.

  • Jason Adamczyk

    do you mind if I share this? I know a couple of podcasts that would find this interesting.

    • HUGELY delayed response, thanks website for not letting me know I had a comment. Not at all, share away 🙂

  • The Lightning Stalker

    I got that exact same mess-age after reporting someone posting hundreds of similar comments.

    Google does not and will not ban anyone for any reason because users generate billions of dollars in ad revenues.