I n 2017, YouTube introduced a new treatment for videos with supremacist content, whereby they limited recommendations and disabled features like commenting and the ability to share the video. While the videos remained on YouTube, these steps on average reduced views to videos by 80 percent.
In June 2019, the company went a step further by updating their hate speech policy with new language prohibiting content that alleges any group is superior in order to justify discrimination based on qualities like race, religion, or sexual orientation. Thousands of the videos that were previously stripped of features were removed altogether. In the following 3 months, YouTube saw a 5x increase in the number of videos removed and the number of channels terminated due to hate speech.