YouTube CEO Says ‘Openness’ Is Essential, Even for ‘Offensive’ Content

“I believe that hearing a broad range of perspectives ultimately makes us a stronger and more informed society, even if we disagree with some of those views,” Susan Wojcicki says

YouTube chief Susan Wojcicki looked to stick a difficult landing in her quarterly letter to creators on Tuesday, saying the internet’s dominant video site remains dedicated to “openness,” while also continuing to diligently fight content that violates its rules.

“A commitment to openness is not easy. It sometimes means leaving up content that is outside the mainstream, controversial or even offensive,” Wojcicki wrote. “But I believe that hearing a broad range of perspectives ultimately makes us a stronger and more informed society, even if we disagree with some of those views.”

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Sean Burch

Sean Burch

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