"Louder with Crowder" host Steven Crowder traveled to Google's headquarters in Austin, Texas, in search of answers about Google's new Hate Speech Guidelines from Google's Head of Global Product Policy and Head of Active Channels.
For this installment of "Change My Mind," Crowder and his legal expert, Bill Richmond, set up shop outside of Google Headquarters and engaged with the public in search of answers to his questions surrounding Google's unclear Hate Speech guidelines.
What is hate speech?
Crowder took advantage of having his legal expert with him, so he decided to hold an impromptu public Q&A to answer some questions about the current state of hate speech online.
While most participants agreed that harmful speech does exist, no one could define what hate speech was in legal terms. Most agreed that Google should make the guidelines clear and apply those guidelines equally to all online accounts.
"With all of the opinions that I have on capitalism and everything, I wonder to myself if it is wrong for a private company such as Google or YouTube to shut down a channel that they don't like because it is a private company, so I wonder that sometimes," one woman said.
She added that she did not think YouTube should shutdown Crowder's channel and wondered if [Google] did have the right to shut down any channel they wanted as a private company.
"So this is a two-part question," Richmond began. "What is the ability of a company to take action? And should a company have the ability to take action within their private platform?"
Richmond argued that the issue is less about does YouTube or Google have the right to make rules and more about "what are the dang rules?"
To the question of should the two platforms be allowed to make rules against hate speech, Richmond concluded that the companies should be more viewpoint neutral and apply all rules in a way that is equal for all users.
Crowder explained that he was concerned the new guidelines use unclear language and and that Google and YouTube are unwilling to translate the guidelines for users.
Watch the clip below for more from this impromptu public Q&A.
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