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YouTube hailed in tackling online abuse in Cambodia

Cambodian officers stated latest coverage expansions by YouTube to deal with racial discrimination and gender identity-based harassment will assist. However abuse on social media stays a problem within the Kingdom as there are at present no legal guidelines to fight it.

Final week, YouTube introduced a broadening of its anti-harassment coverage to incorporate “implied” in addition to specific threats, together with insults primarily based on racial discrimination, gender id or sexual orientation, stated Matt Halprin, YouTube director of world belief and security, as reported by AFP.

“We are going to not enable content material that maliciously insults somebody primarily based on protected attributes similar to their race, gender expression, or sexual orientation,” Halprin stated in an internet submit.

YouTube already bans specific threats, however now “veiled or implied” threats can even be banned, he stated.

Halprin stated YouTube has launched insurance policies towards customers posting content material simulating violence towards people or utilizing language that would result in bodily violence.

With the announcement, Chea Pov, the director of the Anti-Cyber Crime Division on the Common Commissariat of Nationwide Police, instructed The Submit it was constructive that YouTube had banned insults primarily based on race, gender id or sexual orientation from the video-sharing platform.

“Such a ban is nice. It makes customers know the boundaries and be extra cautious to keep away from having their content material eliminated by YouTube because the firm now has stricter guidelines to comply with,” Pov stated.

He stated he additionally anticipated that the transfer would go some method to discourage customers from exploiting social media to assault one another.

“There are a lot of customers in Cambodia that submit insulting messages when they don’t seem to be pleased with somebody, so this ban is a constructive growth. It is going to assist forestall such assaults and insults, particularly with regard to racial discrimination,” Pov stated.

Cambodia has not enacted legal guidelines on using social media platforms similar to Fb, Twitter and YouTube, and Ministry of Data director-general of Data and Broadcasting Phos Sovann instructed The Submit that it at present has no plans to take action.

“We need to enable our residents freedom when utilizing social media, so there aren’t any plans to create such a regulation. However we cooperate with social media firms similar to Fb to disseminate data on what Cambodians ought to and mustn’t submit, notably when it impacts different individuals’s rights.

“We additionally see an identical development with pretend information and faux ‘data’ that have an effect on factual information and insults the honour of different individuals, particularly with social media these days having a significant impact on individuals. So (YouTube) taking it on itself to ban such content material is nice and we help the transfer,” Sovann stated.

Nevertheless, to stop expertise and social media from getting used to commit crimes, the Ministry of Inside is making ready and reviewing laws such because the draft regulation on cybercrime, which is aimed toward defending customers and the administration of information, in addition to making certain safety and public order.

Early this yr, YouTube stated that it might cease recommending movies that claimed the earth is flat or that promoted spurious theories, however stopped wanting banning such content material, AFP reported.

Channels that repeatedly break its hate or harassment insurance policies might be suspended from the companion programme that lets creators earn a living from advertisements or different options, Halprin was reported as saying.

“We may additionally take away content material from channels in the event that they repeatedly harass somebody. If this behaviour continues, we’ll take extra extreme motion together with issuing strikes or terminating a channel altogether,” he stated. – The Phnom Penh Submit/Asia Information Community

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