YouTube says it's going to start censoring what it considers "hateful" content – and because it's their platform, they get to define hate.
The fight started when comedian and political pundit Steven Crowder started taking admittedly impolite shots at Carlos Maza, a homosexual reporter at the liberal news outlet Vox. Following that, Maza says he started getting bombarded with hate mail and death threats – so he complained to YouTube to ask that Crowder's channel be removed.
OneNewsNow spoke with Dan Gainor of MRC Techwatch, who explains that YouTube initially said it wasn't going to remove Crowder's channel.
"They announced that they were going to stand by him – and then they got a lot of heat from the left and they completely caved," he reports, "because the people who run YouTube aren't particularly ethical or believers in free speech."
YouTube didn't remove the Crowder content, but they did "demonetize" it – which is essentially YouTube's version of shadow banning.
Crowder contends that the tech giant has put its thumb on the scale.
"Now YouTube has responded to the gay Latino host at Vox, Carlos Maza, that they're grateful to have been made aware and they're looking into our channel further," says Crowder. "I don't get that kind of response from YouTube. No one's reaching out to us personally on Twitter and saying we want to direct-message you."
Gainor warns that YouTube's response will only fuel the fire surrounding "big tech bias" that has Congress on the verge of stepping in and splitting up mega-techs like YouTube, Facebook, and Google.
"If I was a Republican member of Congress, there is nothing they could say to me that would at all satisfy me," says the MRC spokesman. "I would drop the full force of government on them."
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(Related article at MRC Techwatch)