Right-wing influencers criticize YouTube’s demonetization over homophobic harassment


Right-wing social media personalities criticized YouTube’s decision Wednesday to demonetize a conservative comedian’s videos after he mocked and harassed a gay journalist for months.

YouTube made the decision less than 24 hours after it initially said it wouldn’t take action against Steven Crowder for his repeated comments about Vox writer Carlos Maza.

Maza’s Twitter thread detailing the harassment from Crowder and his fans generated widespread attention and a response from the Google-owned video company.

Other right-wing influencers, many of whom rely on social media platforms to reach their audiences and generate income, lashed out at the decision, painting it as an ideologically-motivated attack on conservatives and an infringement on free speech.

{mosads}“If @YouTube is now going to police insulting speech — not violent speech, not incitement, not actual fake news — because a virulently censorious, radical activist masquerading as a journalist complains about being insulted, they’re a joke,” the commentator Ben Shapiro wrote on Twitter.

“YouTube is free to curate content for its views based on ideology, of course, but if that’s the case, they can no longer claim to be a platform,” added Lauren Chen, a YouTube blogger. “They are a publisher, and should be held legally accountable as such.”

But YouTube ultimately found what many critics that Crowder’s comments — which included calling Maza a “lispy queer” and the “gay Mexican from Vox” — were in clear violation of the company’s policies against content “that makes hurtful and negative personal comments/videos about another person.”

YouTube also cited a link posted on Crowder’s page to a store selling “Socialism Is For Fags” t-shirts.







Many on the right, including President Trump and other leading GOP lawmakers, have claimed Silicon Valley companies are biased against conservatives, relying largely on anecdotal evidence to level accusations of censorship and slanting search results against them.

Internet companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter have all denied that politics motivates their content decisions.

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