UK YouTuber Humza Arshad is one of six “Creators For Change” chosen by YouTube.
YouTube’s newest campaign aims to fight hate speech and xenophobia through the medium of online video. Six creators have been chosen to be the campaign’s first ambassadors, including UK YouTuber Humza Arshad, as well as Natalie Tran, Abdel en vrai, Nilam Farooq, Omar Hussein, and Barış Özcan.
Humza is known for his comedy series Diary of a Bad Man which seeks to show Islam in a positive light.
In the past, Humza has worked with the police and toured UK schools to challenge negative stereotypes about Islam. “I try my best to change the perception that people have of Muslims,” he says. “We’re just like everyone else… we’re just a bit hairier.”
YouTube has set aside $1 million in equipment and production grants for the ambassadors. Google.org, the not-for-profit arm of YouTube, has also set up a $2 million charitable fund for projects, focussing on cross-cultural inclusion and understanding.