After YouTube Shuts Down Racist Chat On Hearing Vid, Rep Asks If It’s A ‘Hate Hoax’

US Republican Representative from Texas, Louie Gohmert, arrives for the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on February 5, 2019. (Photo by Saul LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read... US Republican Representative from Texas, Louie Gohmert, arrives for the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on February 5, 2019. (Photo by Saul LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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April 9, 2019 12:29 p.m.
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YouTube confirmed Tuesday that it closed the live chat function on a livestream of a congressional hearing addressing “hate crimes and the rise of white nationalism” due to “the presence of hateful comments.” A Republican congressman said of the comments, which came up later during the hearing itself: “Could that be a hate hoax?”

After committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) read from an Associated Press report on YouTube removing the chat function — Nadler quoted YouTube commenters as saying “These Jews want to destroy white nations” and “anti-hate is a code for anti-white” — Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX) opined that the comments could be disingenuous and meant to inflate the perceived presence of racists on YouTube.

“Could that be another hate hoax?” he asked. “Just keep an open mind.”

“All I know is what I just read,” Nadler replied.

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