YouTube has deleted a video of an Asian American Uber driver getting attacked after Google, which owns the video platform, condemned hate crimes against the ethnic group.
YouTube claimed that the video is in violation of its “community standards,” the Uber driver, Vincent Kang, told InquireMore.com. The company also rejected his appeal and gave his YouTube channel a strike, temporarily banning him from posting videos on the platform.
“Youtube simply said that the videos violated ‘community standards.’ I appealed and they quickly denied it,” he told me over e-mail. “Currently I have a ‘strike’ for uploading them so I cannot upload any videos to YouTube at this time.”
A spokesperson for YouTube told the outlet that the “video violated our policies on violent and graphic content” and pointed to the company’s rules that prohibit “violent or gory content intended to shock or disgust viewers, or content encouraging others to commit violent acts are not allowed on YouTube.”
After the story was published, YouTube slightly changed its stance. It told Kang that he won’t receive a strike on his channel and that his video will be “locked as private,” meaning others will not be able to watch it.
In that message, the company said Kang’s video broke its rules against “violent criminal organizations policy,” which says that “[c]ontent intended to praise, promote, or aid violent criminal organizations is not allowed on YouTube.”
The story: The attack took place earlier this month when the West Virginia Uber driver went to pick up passengers in Morgantown. Upon arrival, he saw a group of people engaged in a physical altercation, which included his riders.
“I see a man getting tossed to the ground in the turning lane in front of The Sports Page. I’ve never quite seen a fight like that on High Street,” Kang said, according to MetroNews, a West Virginia news outlet.
Kang’s passengers, the man who was thrown onto the ground and two other girls, got into his car to escape the fight but were followed by the rest of the group. The mob started to hit his car, causing $1500 in damage, Kang said. They also attacked Kang himself.
The videos: One video of the incident shows him being punched in the chest and face. Another video shows one of the women being punched while lying on the group after one attacker dragged her out of the vehicle.
Kang has shared these videos on Twitter.
Kang set up a GoFundMe page where he asked for help to cover the expenses needed to fix his car.
What I find most ridiculous is that the ‘take’ for Uber is often over 50% of the fare, especially with the $3.10 ‘safe ride fee’ but their deductible for incidents like this is $2500 … My own insurance disclaimed the event because of Uber. So I get the entire bill,” he explained.
He posted the video on YouTube and added it to the GoFundMe page to show potential donors what happened.
Worth noting: As writer Zaid Jilani pointed out, Google has denounced violence and hate crimes against the Asian community. Earlier this year, Google CEO Sundar Pichai sent an email to employees in response to the Atlanta shootings, telling them the company stands with Asian and Pacific Islander communities.
He also promoted the hashtag #StopAsianHate in February, along with other tech leaders.
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