YouTube's Bogus 'Apology'

YouTube Brandcast 2018 - Presentation

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki speaks onstage during the YouTube Brandcast 2018 presentation at Radio City Music Hall on May 3, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)

Opinion editorial by WBZ NewsRadio political analyst Jon Keller

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The latest big-time tech executive to spill a tonic down your back and tell you it’s raining is Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube, estimated market value: $75 billion.

In a public appearance the other day, Wojcicki put on an all-star performance when confronted about her ruling that vile homophobic slurs hurled at a journalist by some online imbecile did not violate its hate-speech policies and could stay up on the site.

In a moment when apology and humility was called for, Wojcicki began with self-congratulation.

“We’ve been making lots of different policy changes on YouTube….about 30 changes in the last 12 months,” she bragged.

But Wojcicki has been CEO of Youtube since 2014, apparently unconcerned with hate speech and other misuses of her product for most of that time.

Even with the new, allegedly tougher policies, attacks like the one that journalist endured won’t be removed from YouTube.

“If we took down that content, there would be so much other content that we need to take down,” she says, accurately describing the open sewer that her brand has become.

But hold on - they might take it down if the hate-filled troll is making money off it.

“We have a higher standard for monetization,” she says.

How special!

I could go on, but I am hoping to eat lunch later.

The big tech companies are in a panic that their license to print money might be mildly threatened by public and regulatory backlash.

Watching them try to spin their way out of it makes you long for the payback to come sooner instead of later.

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