YouTube has finally taken disciplinary action against homophobic content creator Steven Crowder.
Crowder is a famed right-wing commentator who has amassed over 3.8 million followers on the platform. He has been targeting Vox journalist Carlos Maza for several years, calling him a “lispy queer” and a “gay Mexican”. He also sells T-shirts that say “socialism is for f*gs”.
Maza called out YouTube for allowing this kind of hate speech to take place on their platform.
“YouTube has decided that targeted racist and homophobic harassment does not violate its policies against hate speech or harassment,” Maza said on Twitter.
In response, YouTube released a statement on Wednesday saying they had temporarily “suspended this channel’s monetisation,”essentially cutting Crowder off from advertising income on his channel.
“We came to this decision because a pattern of egregious actions has harmed the broader community.
“In order to reinstate monetisation on this channel, he will need to remove the link to his t-shirts.”
“The problem isn’t Crowder and the problem isn’t monetisation,” Maza tweeted in response.
“The problem is that YouTube allows monsters and bullies to become superstars, break YouTube’s rules, build an army of loyal, radicalised followers, and then make millions selling them merch that sustains their work.”