The chaotic, whiplash-inducing response from YouTube — owned by Google, worth billions of dollars, and run by leaders in the tech industry — came nearly six days after Vox journalist Carlos Maza flagged the harassment to the platform. The harassment campaign against Maza led by Crowder has been going on for years. In a series of controversial videos, Crowder made racist and anti-gay comments about Maza. Since I started working at Vox, Steven Crowder has been making video after video "debunking" Strikethrough. Every single video has included repeated, overt attacks on my sexual orientation and ethnicity.
Steven Crowder Incites Homophobic Harassment of Vox Reporter, YouTube Slow to React
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On the March 16 edition of Louder with Crowder , streamed on YouTube, host Steven Crowder and his co-hosts engaged in a racist segment about Black farmers for which they were widely condemned. Landau and co-hosts went after Elliot Page for public comments Page made regarding his transgender identity. Used to be Ellen Page, now goes by Elliot. She had herself a little surgery. Yep, she had her, how do you say it medically? Yeah, I guess -- I don't know if you've seen the picture of him, he does, he looks like a twink which I don't get. Couldn't he just be gay and look like Captain America always looks?
YouTube pulls ads from Steven Crowder amid criticism for saying anti-gay slurs DON'T violate rules
After Carlos Maza complained to YouTube that Steven Crowder had posted homophobic videos about him, they initially did nothing — and only later demonetized his harasser's account. Over the past few years, YouTube has been harshly criticized for failing to censor violent or harassing content, while simultaneously allowing racist, misogynistic, or conspiracy theory-promoting content to thrive on the platform. Steven Crowder has shown time and time again his hateful bigotry is specifically targeted towards people in minority groups. It is wrong, deplorable and should not be tolerated.
Intelligencer staffers Benjamin Hart, Madison Malone Kircher, and Max Read discuss the latest controversy over hate speech and media platforms. Ben : YouTube has been accused of being a breeding ground for right-wing extremists for a while now. But amid backlash, it announced today that his channel would be demonetized — though re -monetized if he cleans up his behavior. What do you think of this mealymouthed middle ground of a response?