House Democrats ask YouTube to explain policies of extremism


House Democrats on the Energy and Trade Committee are again to explain its policies on extremist content. In a letter sent to Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Wednesday, committee leaders said “inflammatory content that indoctrinates, radicalizes and mobilizes extremists continues to thrive” on the platform.

“YouTube should make significant reforms to its policies and step up enforcement efforts to eradicate dangerous extremist and alternative content on its platform,” lawmakers said . “Gaining users, maintaining engagement and generating more ad revenue cannot come at the expense of our national security.”

The letter also asks several detailed questions about the company’s policies on extremist content and how it enforces those rules. For example, he asks YouTube how many videos and channels have been shot for extremism since November 1, 2020, and how much engagement those videos received before they were deleted. Google has until March 17 to respond.

Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The last letter follows a similar letter , in which several members of Congress urged Pichai and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki to make “permanent changes to its referral systems,” following the attacks on the US Capitol.

Pichai expected to testify at Energy and Trade Committee hearing , alongside Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey. The trio will face questions about their handling of electoral disinformation and their policies around the pandemic.

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