YouTube 'Super Chats' Monetizing Hate Speech?

May 25, 2018

Media Statement

Montreal (May 23, 2018) – Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC) would like to express concern following a report from Quebec's La Presse newspaper outlining how hate speech on YouTube is creating revenue for hate groups – and Google's video service. 

La Presse raised the concern by citing the example of nativist vlogger Jean-François Gariépy who reportedly earns up to $1,000 per hour through sponsored posts in the comments section of his broadcasts alone. 

Earlier this month, a Gariépy broadcast with white supremacist Richard Spencer earned the Quebecer $800 from the YouTube "Super Chats," according to La Presse. YouTube collects a portion of all revenue from the posts. 

While comments violating the broadcaster's terms of service were removed, the newspaper reported that many offensive promoted posts were featured prominently during the broadcasts for several minutes.

"Super Chat is a relatively new option,"  YouTube spokesperson Nicole Bell told La Presse. "It is a source of minor revenue, but growing for several creators, and we are in the process of reexamining our policies in light of these rare cases."

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