But I made the mistake of reading the terms of service. You have to promise not to do anything that could be construed as hate speech. Now, I don't consider what I do to be hate speech, but someone else might. Here is google's definition for youtube:
Hateful Content is videos, comments or channel information which contain "Hate Speech". "Hate speech" refers to content that promotes hatred against members of a protected group. Protected groups include, but are not limited to, race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, and sexual orientation/gender identity.I don't hate Christians, really. Some of my best friends are Christians... really! I don't promote hatred toward them, or most believers, though I'm annoyed with the more reasonable ones for not speaking up against the dangerous ones more publicly. As for the dangerous ones, is it hate speech to say I hate the child abusers I've written about on this blog? They are a protected group by virtue of their religion, but shouldn't butt-fucking priests, faith-non-healing parents, and organizations that torture teenagers be exempt from that protection? I think so.
Sometimes there is a fine line between what is and what is not considered hate speech. For instance, it is generally okay to criticize a nation, but not okay to make insulting generalizations about people of a particular nationality.
And what kind of speech would "promote hate?" And what is hate anyway? It's a feeling, not an action. Promoting violence would definitely be something I could see google prohibiting, whether motivated by hate or otherwise. That's the real risk in unrestrained "hatespeech." I would never promote violence, though I might make a few rhetorical suggestions about the appropriate punishment for child abusers.
Can garden variety atheist ranting be construed as "hate speech?"
Apparently it can. Dusty Smith, of the "Cult of Dusty" has posted a chilling video about his experience being deemed hateful by google. He's stopped advertising other people's crap on his channel and now advertises his own T-Shirts to make some money. He's an atheist in Mississippi. He has my sympathy, and I could use a couple of new shirts: