YouTube staff members have a problem with YG2014 song “Meet the Flockers” video, saying the background of the track is anti-Asian, but it appears the streaming company refuses to remove the recording from their platform.
According to a report by Bloomberg Tuesday, March 30, YouTube employees recently shared their grievances on the company’s message board, criticizing senior YouTube officials for deciding not to remove “Meet the Flockers,” which refers to the burglary of predominantly neighborhoods Chinese.
“First of all, you find a house and you spot it / Find a Chinatown, because they don’t believe in bank accounts,” YG rhymes at the start of the first verse.
Given the recent increase in violence against members of the Asian community, including the March 16 shooting that killed eight people, including six women of Asian and American descent, at three spas or massage parlors in the region Atlanta YouTube staff argue over violent post YGthe track promotes.
Apparently, the clashes between employees and executives over “Meet the Flockers” all started when a staff member asked the company’s trust and security team to remove the song from YouTube. A head of that specific department as well as a head of content policy declined the email request on March 22.
“We find this video very offensive and understand that it is painful for a lot of people to watch, including a lot in Trust & Safety and especially given the continued violence against the Asian community,” the e- read. mail, according to Bloomberg. “While we debated this decision at length among our political experts, we made the difficult decision to leave the video Until apply our policy consistently and avoid setting a precedent that could require us to remove a lot of other music from YouTube. “
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Youtube said in a statement, “YouTube has an open culture and employees are encouraged to share their views, even if they disagree with a decision. We will continue this dialogue as part of our ongoing work to to balance openness and protection of the YouTube community as a whole. “
The company’s refusal to remove the song is also due to its exception for “educational, documentary, scientific or artistic” (EDSA) content.
“Meet the Flockers” appears on the Compton, Ca. native’s debut album, My Krazy Life. The song is currently available on its official YouTube page and can be found below.
XXL contacted a YouTube rep for comment.
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