On Wednesday, June 5th, YouTube announced that they would be tightening up their rules on hate speech and harassment. In a blog post titled “Our ongoing work to tackle hate,” the company said that they are prohibiting “videos alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion.” This comes as Carlos Maza, a writer at Vox, has attacked Steven Crowder for his rebuttals of videos produced by Vox as well as his jokes directed at Maza.
Maza, who sent out a thread of tweets via Twitter on May 30th, accused Crowder of making him a “target of ridiculous harassment” and YouTube of never enforcing their policies. He then went on to say that YouTube doesn’t care about LGBT people and attack Crowder’s “Socialism is for Figs” t-shirt. Maza has also recently used the platform to call for the assault of conservatives.
Five days later, YouTube responded to the original allegations, saying that their “teams spent the last few days conducting an in-depth review [Steven Crowder’s videos], and while [they] found language that was clearly hurtful, the videos as posted don’t violate [their] policies.” However, after more whining and complaining from Maza and others, YouTube decided to remove all advertisements on Crowder’s channel, thus not allowing him to earn any revenue from his videos. In a later reply on their blog, YouTube said that Crowder had an “ongoing pattern of egregious behavior, [so YouTube] took a deeper look, and made the decision to suspend monetization.”
(2/4) Our teams spent the last few days conducting an in-depth review of the videos flagged to us, and while we found language that was clearly hurtful, the videos as posted don’t violate our policies. We’ve included more info below to explain this decision:
— TeamYouTube (@TeamYouTube) June 4, 2019
On the same day of the blog post about Crowder, YouTube enacted a new policy on hate speech that would demonetize and delete channels that were in violation of these new rules— even if the videos were posted before the guidelines were enacted. This caused #VoxAdpocalypse to become the top trending hashtag on Twitter and it remained on the trending list for over a day.
According to Philip DeFranco, a YouTube personality, these policy changes at YouTube have been in the works for a while now. However, the timing couldn’t be worse for them.
Many big names on the right have tweeted about the new threat of censorship, including Senator Ted Cruz, who said, “This is ridiculous. YouTube is not the Star Chamber — stop playing God & silencing those voices you disagree with. This will not end well.”
This is nuts. YouTube needs to explain why @scrowder is banned, but @iamsambee (“Ivanka is a feckless c***.”) & @JimCarrey (“look at my pretty picture of Gov. Kay Ivey being murdered in the womb”) aren’t. No coherent standard explains it. Here’s an idea: DON’T BLACKLIST ANYBODY. https://t.co/F6ez8XHzXS
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) June 6, 2019
These new policies have not only affected Steven Crowder, but also many small channels as well. A channel called “Mr Allsop History Clips,” which has about 400 subscribers, was taken down for a short while on Wednesday. The channel covered the last 1000 years of history, discussing everything from the Magna Carta to the U.S. withdraw from South Vietnam. According to Mr. Allsop on Twitter, the videos in question were about the ones about Nazism during World War Two, in which there were examples of propaganda speeches by Nazi leaders.
YouTube have banned me for 'hate speech', I think due to clips on Nazi policy featuring propaganda speeches by Nazi leaders. I'm devastated to have this claim levelled against me, and frustrated 15yrs of materials for #HistoryTeacher community have ended so abruptly.@TeamYouTube
— Mr Allsop History (@MrAllsopHistory) June 5, 2019
Another channel known as “News2Share,” which reports on activism and extremism, was also caught in the crosshairs of YouTube’s new policy. According to Ford Fisher, the Editor in Chief of New2Share, the channel has been demonetized by YouTube. His work has been used in multiple documentaries and has been cited by numerous websites, including Vox. One of the videos in question is a video of Antifa confronting a Holocaust denier. While the Holocaust denier says what you would expect of a Holocaust denier, this is just raw video documenting the encounter and not an endorsement of the viewpoint.
So, what’s the takeaway from all this?
YouTube is no longer a way to share videos with millions of people. Rather, it has bowed down to the demands of the leftist mob and has become an attack wing for the Democratic Party. Using the Southern Poverty Law Center as their guide, YouTube is cracking down on conservatives in preparation for the 2020 election.
Will these restrictions lead to the fall of YouTube? Only time will tell.
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