YouTube announces plan ‘to fight online terror,’ including making incendiary videos difficult to find

YouTube has long struggled with the conundrum of how to police videos that advocate hateful ideologies but don’t specifically encourage acts of violence.

The basic problem is such videos don’t break any of the platform’s specific guidelines. Banning some videos based on ideology and not others could lead to a slippery slope that could damage the primary appeal of YouTube: that users can upload their own content, so long as it’s not illegal, without fear of being censored.

On Sunday, Google, whic...