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YouTube Says Homophobic Harassment Targeting a Popular Host Doesn't Violate Its Policies

Vox video producer Carlos Maza Vox video producer Carlos Maza
Patty Aguilar | 06 June, 2019, 00:23

Mr Crowder's political YouTube show "Louder with Crowder" frequently includes discussion of political videos, including Mr Maza's work for Vox.

Moreover, Mazos compiled an extensive report cataloguing Crowder's actions, including a compilation video, and the times he had red flagged it to YouTube.

This latest stage aims at prohibiting videos that allege that a "particular group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion based on qualities like age, gender, race, caste, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status".

YouTube announced on Wednesday it would ban videos promoting or glorifying racism and discrimination as well as those denying well-documented violent events, like the Holocaust or the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting.

But YouTube said Crowder's comments did not violate the policies because they were sandwiched between "debate". The platform claims that it has reduced views on these types of videos by 80 percent since 2017, but until now, it has refused to remove the content completely. Following an ongoing dispute over hate speech, YouTube published a blog post on June 5 titled, "Our ongoing work to tackle hate".

"It's been brought to my attention that numerous comments, videos, and overall tenor and tone of this program have been considered hurtful and offensive to many, and while not in violation of policy guidelines, certainly skirted the line of human decency".

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YouTube said creators in the revenue-sharing program who are repeatedly found posting borderline hate content would be notified when they do it one too many times and could appeal their termination. "I genuinely can't imagine what LGBT employees at YouTube are doing right now", Maza said.

YouTube is making no friends after refusing to take action against right-wing personality Steven Crowder, who has been accused of harassing Vox journalist and creator Carlos Maza in a number of videos. Crowder's audience has also created custom merchandise specifically targeting Maza that read: "Carlos Maza is a f*g".

Maza posed a question to LGBTQ+ employees at YouTube: "YouTube has chose to side with the people who made our lives miserable in high school".

Maza first publicly called out YouTube last week, posting a now-viral Twitter thread that outlined the harassment he had been subjected to from Crowder and his followers. "Opinions can be deeply offensive, but if they don't violate our policies, they'll remain on our site". "While this is an important step forward, this move alone is insufficient and must be followed by many more changes from YouTube and other tech companies to adequately counter the scourge of online hate and extremism".

He later tweeted: "Can't fucking WAIT to see YouTube's Pride month video where they pretend to give a shit about the well-being of LGBT creators in order to *checks notes* help draw more advertisers to the platform to make more money".

YouTube said it had suspended monetization for Crowder's channel, but as Maza pointed out, the majority of Crowder's revenue likely comes from selling merchandise to fans that find him through YouTube.

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