Conservative internet and talk show icon Steven Crowder, host of the show Louder With Crowder, which airs on YouTube every Thursday and BlazeTV every weekday, had his channel completely demonitized by YouTube last night. Crowder, one of the largest conservative internet personalities, who has garnered over 3.8 million subscribers, and is famous for the ‘Change My Mind’ segment, claims he is a victim of the Twitter outrage mob who claims he is a hate-mongerer, racist, and guilty of harassment.
Crowder frequently shares his legal battles with YouTube copyright rules on his show as big corporations try to have his parody skits and videos taken down. In all cases I’m aware of, when challenged, the ‘copyright strikes’ were all removed. Three strikes can result in the channel being taken down.
This latest complete demonetization comes after a long term political feud between Crowder an a Vox video host named Carlos Maza. Over the course of 2- years, Crowder frequently posted videos debunking those made by Vox and Maza. Crowder is known to do this with a wide variety of other YouTube personalities such as The Young Turks.
Maza felt he was being directly targeted by Crowder and his fans to a point which he deemed to be harassment. Crowder had frequently made jokes about Maza’s sexual orientation and appearance, even calling him a “lispy queer,” though it is worth noting Maza’s Twitter handle is @gaywonk.
Crowder, admitting he makes crude jokes about others, does so towards all people he both agrees and disagrees with. Though his jokes may seem to be in bad taste, he is not alone in making insulting remarks. Other ‘late night hosts,’ such as Steven Colbert, had called Trump “Vladimir Putin’s *ock holster,” while Samantha Bee loves to call conservative women “*unts” on a regular basis.
After YouTube’s review of the content Maza instructed his fans to flag, YouTube released a statement on Twitter siding with Maza in regards to the hurtful language used, but added that “the videos as posted don’t violate our policies.” YouTube seemed to side on the side of free speech by saying “Opinions can be deeply offensive, but if they don’t violate our policies, they’ll remain on our site.”
We have strict policies that prohibit harassment on YouTube.
In the first quarter of 2019 we removed 47,443 videos and 10,623 accounts for violation of our policies on cyberbullying and harassment.
We take into consideration whether criticism is focused primarily on debating the opinions expressed or is solely malicious. We apply these policies consistently, regardless of how many views a video has.
In videos flagged to YouTube, Crowder has not instructed his viewers to harass Maza on YouTube or any other platform and the main point of these videos was not to harass or threaten, but rather to respond to the opinion.
There is certain behavior that is never ok: that includes encouraging viewers to harass others online and offline, or revealing nonpublic personal information (doxxing).
None of Maza’s personal information was ever revealed in content uploaded by Crowder and flagged to our teams for review.Google Press Team
Maza also claims to have been Doxxed by Crowder, and Crowder is to be blamed for direct harassment by his fans. However, in multiple videos Crowder directly condemns the practice of doxxing and tells his followers not to harass people for holding opposing views. This is in direct contradiction to Maza’s claim.
After more social media outrage resulting from the decision to not suspend Crowder’s massive channel, they backtracked by deciding to demonetize the entire channel. Demonitization means Crowder will no longer be allowed to run Google ads on his videos and will no longer profit from revenue sharing privileges. Social Blade estimates the LouderWithCrowder site earns between $83,000 and $1.3 million per year from ads. He is also the 2,000th largest channel with over 830 million video views.
However, much to Maza’s dismay, the reason for the demonetization was not from his allegedly hateful rhetoric, but because of a shirt he sells with the phrase “Socialism is for Figs.” It is a play on words with many thinking ‘figs’ is actually ‘f*gs,’ but he has said on the show the correct word is in fact ‘figs.’ There’s even a picture of a fig in between the ‘F’ and ‘G.’
Crowder’s monetization privileges will be restored if he removes the link for that shirt.
Maza, who called for people to throw milkshakes at conservatives, and the team at Vox would rather Crowder and other ‘hateful’ groups be completely removed from the site.