Last year, YouTube enacted a stricter anti-harassment policy to curb hate speech and threats, specifically content that “maliciously insults” people based on gender identity, race or sexual orientation. Last quarter alone, Wojcicki says, YouTube removed over 100,000 videos and 100 million comments for hate and harassment.
“But we recognize we need to do more, in particular with the Black community,” Wojcicki wrote.
Saturday’s event, “Bear Witness, Take Action,” will be a 90-minute special hosted by Common and Keke Palmer, with guests including Carmelo Anthony, Sterling K. Brown, Roxanne Gay, Alicia Graza, Jemele Hill, John Legend, Tey Songz and more. The event will include musical performances, roundtable discussion and panels, and viewers will be encouraged to donate to the Equal Justice Initiative
Earlier today, Apple also pledged $100 million to foster racial justice and equality. Google has promised a separate $12 million fund to support organizations working to address racial inequalities, and Facebook and Amazon have committed $10 million each.