YouTube not enforcing its policies against harassment.
After five days of investigation,
YouTube decided that conservative pundit Steven Crowder’s use of homophobic language to talk about Vox host Carlos Maza didn’t violate its community guidelines.
YouTube has long faced criticism for very selectively punishing users who seem to cross the line.
YouTube’s cyberbullying and harassment policies state
that content “deliberately posted in order to humiliate someone” and making “hurtful and negative personal comments/videos about another person” isn’t allowed.
Creators like Hank Green, Lindsay Ellis, Riley Jennis, ProZD, and many others called out YouTube for its hypocrisy.
YouTube explained to Gizmodo, in comments that it requested not be published in full,
that Crowder’s derogatory language was acceptable because it was contained within criticism “focused primarily on debating the opinions.”
YouTube also said that “Crowder has not instructed his viewers to harass Maza on YouTube or any other platform,”
so he didn’t violate parts of YouTube’s harassment and cyberbullying policy.
The stance received blowback from people both in and outside of YouTube’s community.
Maza told The Verge over DM that YouTube’s response confirmed what many YouTube creators previously thought, “that YouTube’s anti-harassment policies are bullshit.”
“They’re fake policies meant to trick advertisers into believing YouTube actually cares about policing what happens on its platform,” Maza said.
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