YouTube CEO apologizes for company's handling of anti-gay comments

YouTube CEO apologizes for company's handling of anti-gay comments

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki apologized to the LGBT community Monday for how the video-streaming site has handled anti-gay comments. 

“I know that the decisions we made was very hurtful to the LGBTQ community and that wasn’t our intention at all,” Wojcicki said during a tech industry conference in Arizona, according to USA Today

She was particularly referring to a recent controversy over comments made by conservative commentator Steven Crowder about Vox journalist Carlos Maza.

Maza accused the conservative of inciting harassment and making derogatory comments about his ethnicity and sexuality. 


YouTube decided to demonetize Crowder's videos, but has refused to take them down. The move has garnered criticism, but Wojcicki justified it on Monday. 

“It’s just from a policy standpoint we need to be consistent — if we took down that content, there would be so much other content that we need to take down,” she said, according to the newspaper. 

Wojcicki also called it a "hard decision."

“YouTube has always been a home of so many LGBTQ creators, and that’s why it was so emotional," Wojcicki said. "Even though it was a hard decision, it was harder that it came from us — because it was such an important home. And even though we made this decision, we have so many people from the LGBTQ community. As a company we really want to support this community."

YouTube last week also updated its hate speech and harassment policies last week.  

"In the coming months, we will be taking a hard look at our harassment policies with an aim to update them — just as we have to so many policies over the years — in consultation with experts, creators, journalists and those who have, themselves, been victims of harassment. We are determined to evolve our policies, and continue to hold our creators and ourselves to a higher standard," the company said in a blog post.