YouTube’s baffling harassment stance
If you read Carlos Maza’s much-shared Twitter thread
about the harassment he had received from YouTuber Steven Crowder and his fans, you may have been expecting YouTube to take action. But no, apparently homophobia is A-OK on YouTube.
“Crowder has routinely, over the course of years, made derogatory and mocking remarks about Maza’s sexuality and ethnicity when making videos attempting to debunk the Vox video series Strikethrough…
"Crowder likened his remarks to jokes, calling them “harmless ribbing” in a response video earlier this week. Crowder also sells a T-shirt on his website, an image of which is also his featured Twitter banner photo, that features a homophobic slur with one letter omitted. Crowder supporters have since fashioned a version of the t-shirt specifically targeting Maza.
Much to the fury of many online today, YouTube says such behaviour doesn’t warrant any action against Crowder.
Quite how the behaviour doesn’t break YouTube’s rules is anyone’s guess but it’s hard not to read it as YouTube simply not wanting to rise the ire of conversationalists with mobilised fanbases if it can help it — especially when they have popular shows on its platform.
That this has happened in Pride Month casts the whole episode in a particularly grim light. Homophobia is apparently acceptable as a "deeply offensive opinion” that doesn’t violate its rules.
“This is not only a fundamental misunderstanding of the intent of hate speech, which is not to 'debate’ or 'respond’ but to dehumanize, but is almost indistinguishable from bad-faith rhetorical arguments offered up by people spreading hate speech.”
Baffling. Truly baffling.