During the hearing, executives from Google and Facebook were questioned about their role in the spread of hate crimes and the rise of white nationalism in the US [File: Dado Ruvic/Reuters]

YouTube disabled the comments sections of a US congressional hearing on white nationalism after it was overwhelmed by “hateful comments”. 

The section was turned off about 30 minutes after the House Judiciary Committee began its Tuesday hearing about the spread of white nationalism and hate crimes in the United States.

“Hate speech has no place on YouTube. We’ve invested heavily in teams and technology dedicated to removing hateful comments / videos,” YouTube, a Google company, tweeted on Tuesday. “Due to the presence of hateful comments, we disabled comments on the livestream of

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