Vox’s Carlos Maza got conservative comedian Steven Crowder demonetized from YouTube, where he regularly posts political and comedic content.
Here’s the run down…
Crowder said something perceived as offensive to Maza. Maza whined and complained about it. The platform caved to the liberal complaint and issued a blanket ban affecting several accounts.
Several conservatives lashed out at the demonetization and Maza even criticized it after a colleague of his was affected by the widespread ban, despite being the person responsible for opening the can of worms.
Another person who responded to the situation was Republican Senator Ted Cruz, who vehemently defended Crowder’s right to be on the platform and challenged Maza to do more than complain about the perceived “hate speech.”
“This is ridiculous. YouTube is not the Star Chamber — stop playing God & silencing those voices you disagree with. This will not end well,” Cruz responded on Thursday. He added: “This is nuts. YouTube needs to explain why [Steven Crowder] is banned, but [Samantha Bee] (‘Ivanka is a feckless c***.’) & [Jim Carrey] (‘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.”
Maza, quick to defend his own doing, said: “A U.S. senator is coming to the defense of someone who spent two years calling me a ‘lispy queer.’ They do this because they know that [YouTube] cares more about looking fair to right-wingers than it does about stopping hate speech and harassment.”
He continued: “Conservatives have spent years arguing that even basic content moderation is a form of ‘censorship.’ Their goal is to scare platforms like [YouTube] away from enforcing their hate speech policies. And it’s working, because YouTube doesn’t have the guts to protect its creators.”
And, “You can’t give these people an inch. They won’t stop crying ‘liberal bias!’ until they’re allowed to use hate speech with impunity. And that’s exactly what [YouTube] is allowing them to do.”
“Sigh,” Cruz wrote out in response to Maza. “This individual claims to be a ‘journalist.’ Then he throws a fit & demands that YouTube CENSOR views he doesn’t like.”
“Here’s a crazy idea,” the Republican Senator continued, “if you don’t like what [Steven Crowder] says, ARGUE AGAINST HIM. Make your case in what John Stuart Mill called the ‘marketplace of ideas.'”
The Daily Wire reports:
On Tuesday, YouTube conceded that Crowder’s videos “don’t violate” any of their policies after “conducting an in-depth review of the videos flagged” by Maza. But the platform reversed course after the activist threw a Twitter fit, accusing YouTube of being anti-LGBT and encouraging LGBT employees at the company to “walk out” in protest.
“Update on our continued review–we have suspended this channel’s monetization,” YouTube capitulated on Wednesday. “We came to this decision because a pattern of egregious actions has harmed the broader community and is against our YouTube Partner Program policies.”