A Hearing on Capitol Hill about Hate Crimes and White Nationalism becomes a bit too real.
A congressional hearing on online hate has today become a vivid demonstration of the problem as a YouTube live stream of The Process was bombarded with racist and anti-Semitic comments by Internet users, writes the AP.
YouTube disabled the live chat section of the streaming video at the hearing about 30 minutes ago, which was called "hateful comments."
The incident occurred when executives from Google and Facebook appeared before the Judiciary Committee of the US Parliament to answer questions about the role of businesses in spreading hate crimes and the rise of white nationalism in the US.
Human rights organizations such as the Anti-Defamation League and the Equal Justice Society, as well as the conservative commentator Candace Owens, were in the lead.
Neil Potts, Facebook Director of Public Order, and Alexandria Walden, Google's Freedom of Expression and Human Rights advocate, defended the policies of the two companies that prohibit material that triggers violence or hatred. Google owns YouTube.
"There is no room for terrorism or hatred on Facebook," said Potts. "We remove all content that causes violence."
The hearing was broken between legislators and some witnesses in party-political disagreements Israel.
During the disputes, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., was presented with a news report containing the hate-filled comments on the YouTube hearing.
He read it along with the names of the users when the room became silent.
"This shows only part of the problem we are dealing with," Nadler said.
The hearing was prompted by the mosque's shooting last month in Christchurch, New Zealand, which killed 50 people.
The armed man streamed the attacks on Facebook live and published a long online post advocating white supremacist views.
But controversy over white nationalism and hate speech has plagued online platforms like Facebook and Google's YouTube for years.