The war over “hate speech” on social media took a very sour turn today as YouTube announced they are going after “supremacists” on their platform. The first known victim is Steven Crowder, the conservative comedian who drew the ire of Vox Media host Carlos Maza.
His extremely popular YouTube channel has been demonetized, meaning the revenue that has helped pay Crowder and his team for years is losing a huge direct source.
There was a brief moment of celebration as YouTube initially left Crowder unpunished. But the backlash by Maza and his supporters was clearly too much for YouTube to continue to do the right thing and protect free speech for more than a few hours. They caved to the progressive mob quickly and spectacularly.
Crowder, whose brand of comedy includes insulting people, announced his team will be putting out a video tonight to explain further. It didn’t seem like all doom and gloom, though, as he teased a “silver lining.”
— Steven Crowder (@scrowder) June 5, 2019
The “silver lining” may be that YouTube will allow Crowder to continue running ads if his channel removes links to his merchandise. This made Maza even more upset than before.
To clarify, in order to reinstate monetization on this channel, he will need to remove the link to his T-shirts.
— TeamYouTube (@TeamYouTube) June 5, 2019
Even if Crowder is hopeful, there are plenty of creators on YouTube who are in jeopardy as a result of YouTube’s decision:
TRANSLATED: We are taking additional steps to be able to easily cave to the woke scolds so they can just censor people rather than have to defend their ideas. https://t.co/aBQcx0j4qL
— Stacey (@ScotsFyre) June 5, 2019
Perhaps the most distressing part about this move is the classification of Crowder as a “supremacist.” He offends people by making fun of them and invoking race, sex, sexual orientation, and religion among other things. That’s his shtick. It works. Some may not appreciate the humor. They do not have to watch. But at no point does Crowder encourage violence or bigotry. He makes jokes. Others make “hateful” jokes as well.
Build your own med-kit by filling it with various Med Packs of your choosing. You know what you need.
— Steven Crowder (@scrowder) June 5, 2019
If YouTube is going to start classifying anything offensive as “supremacist” speech, they better start hitting the bigoted left as well. There’s a ton of “progressive” content they need to examine.
This is not okay, and unfortunately it’s just the beginning. The purge is happening. If Crowder can get hit while progressives are left to spread their real hate unabated, YouTube’s hypocrisy will be on clear display.
Within minutes of @YouTube's announcement of a new purge it appears they caught my outlet, which documents activism and extremism, in the crossfire.
I was just notified my entire channel has been demonetized. I am a journalist whose work there is used in dozens of documentaries. pic.twitter.com/HscG2S4dWh
— Ford Fischer (@FordFischer) June 5, 2019
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.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) June 5, 2019
I'm getting dms and tweets.
It looks like every channel that does not side with far left politics is getting their monetisation taken away.
Carlos Maza just fucked over an entire genre of YouTube, because one man said something mean to him.
This will not go well.
— Top Boss Of #OnesieGang??????? (@CountDankulaTV) June 5, 2019
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