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YouTube 'Adpocalypse' Begins: Steven Crowder is Demonetized

YouTube 'Adpocalypse' Begins: Steven Crowder is Demonetized

The original Twitter thread was an attempt to get YouTube's attention and hold them unaccountable for hate speech from content creators on its platform.

The move comes amid a series of measures taken by tech giants to filter our hateful and violent content, which have triggered calls for tougher internet regulation.

YouTube has existed since 2005 and now, in 2019, it has finally chose to ban videos that promote Nazi ideology, or that claim 9/11 didn't happen.

YouTube may end up revising its anti-harassment policies amid an ongoing controversy involving a right-wing commentator who posted homophobic videos targeting a reporter.

The world largest video-sharing platform, which is owned by Google, is expected to delete thousands of accounts and hours of content in a single night. We apply these policies consistently, regardless of how many views a video has. "In the case of hate speech, we are strengthening enforcement of our existing YouTube partner program policies", it added. On Monday, the New York Times published a big investigation showing how YouTube's automated software was "an open gate for pedophiles", assembling compilations of home movies featuring children.

YouTube has been repeatedly criticised for its relatively lax approach towards various kinds of harmful content, including those on the far-right. They said they were told they could change their content and re-apply to the program in 30 days. Examples include Holocaust denier content and videos promoting the so-called "Sandy Hook Truther" agenda, which promotes the claim that the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary was a hoax.

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The hashtag is being used across Twitter to call on the company to do better by its LGBTQ creators, as well as by those, like the Pride Foundation of Maryland saying they are parting ways with YouTube over its decision regarding Crowder's videos.

YouTube has traditionally had a standoffish approach to dealing with controversial policy matters, but in the relentless 2019 culture of public pressure, they were forced to act a year ago by banning a handful of extremists from their platform, including Alex Jones from InfoWars.

The policy applied to Crowder's comedy channel because its "pattern of egregious actions has harmed the broader community", YouTube said.

Many of us have to physique the dispute as a battle over free speech.

One Twitter user calling himself Mr. Allsop History noted in a tweet thread Wednesday that YouTube dinged him for hate speech.

"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", YouTube said Tuesday in reference to videos by Crowder that Maza targeted him for his sexual and racial identity. The platform indicated that the videos from Crowder weren't banned because the content itself was addressing a larger topic and not simply focused on demeaning Maza.


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