- Selena Gomez doesn’t want her fans or anybody to fund hate or violence
- The singer loves YouTube and even recently put a new music video on the platform
- YouTube is allegedly profiting from misleading and misinformation videos
Selena Gomez loves YouTube because it’s where she uploads her music videos, but she decided to call it out amid claims that it is funding hate and violence. Read also : ‘No Time To Die’ Delayed Once Again, Gets New Release Date.
On Saturday, the “Wolves” singer took to Twitter and tagged YouTube while saying she didn’t want her fans or anyone to be funding hate or violence. She also shared a message about the channel allegedly allowing live donations for videos containing misinformation and lies.
“I love @YouTube and put a music video on there the other day… how can this be happening? I don’t want my fans or anyone to be funding hate or violence,” Gomez wrote.
The singer uploaded the official music video of her single “De Una Vez” on the platform Friday. Meanwhile, the post on YouTube Gomez was referring to was originally shared by Center for Countering Digital Hate. It featured the Save America March in Washington D.C. that resulted in a riot.
“YouTube takes up to 30% of every donation made using its ‘Superchat’ feature on livestreams. It means @YouTube profited from each donation to ‘Right Side Broadcasting Network’ on their 6th January livestream, which stoked anger over ‘election fraud’,” the tweet read.
“YouTube takes a cut of ad revenue on extremism and lies too. Like this Epoch Times video in which Trump’s lawyer Lin Wood claims Trump won the election and that Covid is a Chinese plot. Why is @YouTube profiting from misinformation @SusanWojcicki?” @CCDHate added in another tweet.
Gomez’s move to call out YouTube happened days after the platform decided to suspend President Donald Trump’s channel for breaking its policies on violence.
“After careful review, and in light of concerns about the ongoing potential for violence, we removed new content uploaded to the Donald J. Trump channel and issued a strike for violating our policies for inciting violence,” a YouTube spokesperson said in a statement to CNN. “As a result, in accordance with our long-standing strikes system, the channel is now prevented from uploading new videos or livestreams for a minimum of seven days—which may be extended.”
It’s not the first time Gomez called out giant tech firms for the same issue. Following the Capitol riot earlier this month, she also called out Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google for allowing people with hate in their hearts to use the said platforms when it should be used to bring people together and build a community.
“Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google, Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, Jack Dorsey, Sundar Pichai, Susan Wojcicki — you all failed the American people today, and I hope you’re going to fix things moving forward,” she wrote.