YouTube refuses to halt focused harassment

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YouTube has defended internet hosting the “deeply offensive” opinions and “hurtful” language of a commentator who has led a sustained marketing campaign of homophobic and racist abuse in opposition to a Vox producer.

Carlos Maza, who co-hosts the Vox present Strikethrough, final week detailed the extent of the harassment he’s endured from YouTuber Steven Crowder and his followers throughout two years. That abuse has been outlined by slurs like “anchor baby” and “lispy queer”, and led to doxxing from Crowder’s followers.

YouTube has investigated the complaints over the previous couple of days. Despite clear insurance policies forbidding deliberate humiliation and incitement of harassment, the platform has concluded that Crowder’s movies aren’t in violation of its guidelines.

“As an open platform, it’s crucial for us to allow everyone – from creators to journalists to late-night TV hosts – to express their opinions w/in the scope of our policies,” YouTube’s team tweeted. “Opinions can be deeply offensive, but if they don’t violate our policies, they’ll remain on our site.”

It’s not the conclusion Maza wished, however the one he anticipated:

YouTube faces common criticism over its advice algorithm. A New York Times investigation this yr found that movies of prepubescent kids usually adopted sexually themed content material. YouTube is likely one of the main properties of video game content material, considered by folks of all ages.