A bizarre, deep-fake video of former US First Lady Hilary Clinton and her aide Huma Abedin made headlines in the news a few years ago on the dark web. The "snuff video" shows Hilary Clinton and Human Abedin torturing a young girl.
Some of these clips were said to be part of a conspiracy theory called "Frazzledrip" on the dark web. It has kept appearing in the news over the years without any explanation of its origin.
Controversy behind Hillary Clinton Deep Fake Video
The video has resurfaced and is again gaining traction due to some handles posting content around it.
These conspiratorial videos aim to promote extreme views and have appeared on YouTube as well. Due to this, Sundar Pichai, CEO of its parent company, Google, had to testify before the House Committee on Judiciary of the US House of Representatives in 2018.
The Washington Post report says that people who use some of the sites popular among hate groups link to YouTube as compared to other platforms.
The outlet quoted the work of Data and Society and the Network Contagion Research Institute, which tracks the spread of hate speech, to say that these users have several problematic and conspiratorial theories claiming that a large number of politicians and celebrities molested children.
The senators noted the discredited Pizzagate conspiracy, which led to a man firing shots into a pizzeria in Northwest Washington in search of children, believing that they were being held as sex slaves by the leaders of the Democratic Party.
Though the video has been removed and debunked by fact-checkers, several news outlets noted that several such videos alleging false claims remain online.
In response to these questions and the senator’s claims, Pichai told the US Lower House that the company had made a lot of mistakes in taking down such videos. However, he admitted that there was still more work to be done, according to a news report in Vox.
He added that YouTubers make problematic videos on a case-by-case basis. He told the committee that it was their responsibility to ensure YouTube is a platform that encourages freedom of expression and is also socially responsible.
Youtube stats revolt that over 1 million hours are watched every day, which means 5 billion people are watching Youtube every day. According to Youtube’s recommendations, 70% of these views come from people who want the company to address them at its address.