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YouTube investigating conservative commentator Steven Crowder

YouTube is investigating conservative commentator Steven Crowder after Vox host Carlos Maza accused him of harassment and making derogatory comments about his ethnicity and sexuality.

YouTube responded to Maza's tweet thread detailing his allegations, saying that it was "looking into it further."


Thanks so much for outlining all of this–we’re looking into it further. Sending you a DM now.

— TeamYouTube (@TeamYouTube) May 31, 2019

The company also confirmed to The Hill that it was investigating in response to Maza's thread, but declined to comment further.


Maza, the host of Vox's media literacy series "Strikethrough," accused Crowder on Twitter this week of "repeated, overt attacks on my sexual orientation and ethnicity." He said that the pundit has called him "an anchor baby" and "a lispy queer." He also said that Crowder's videos have caused him to be the "target of ridiculous harassment," adding that "it makes life sort of miserable."


The Vox host told his followers to flag Crowder's videos and said he did not believe YouTube would take a stand against the commentator. He accused the company of not caring about its LGBT creators.


Since I started working at Vox, Steven Crowder has been making video after video "debunking" Strikethrough. Every single video has included repeated, overt attacks on my sexual orientation and ethnicity. Here's a sample:


— Carlos Maza (@gaywonk) May 31, 2019

I've been called an anchor baby, a lispy queer, a Mexican, etc. These videos get millions of views on YouTube. Every time one gets posted, I wake up to a wall of homophobic/racist abuse on Instagram and Twitter.


— Carlos Maza (@gaywonk) May 31, 2019

This isn't about "silencing conservatives." I don't give a flying fuck if conservatives on YouTube disagree with me. But by refusing to enforce its anti-harassment policy, YouTube is helping incredibly powerful cyberbullies organize and target people they disagree with.


— Carlos Maza (@gaywonk) May 31, 2019

Anyway, if you want to help, I guess you can go to this dude's videos and flag them? But @YouTube isn't going to do anything, because YouTube does not give a fuck about queer creators. It cares about "engagement," and homophobic/racist harassment is VERY "engaging."


— Carlos Maza (@gaywonk) May 31, 2019

Crowder posted a video to YouTube on Friday responding to the investigation and Maza's allegations. He framed the events as an attack by Vox on a successful competitor, claiming that Vox "can’t compete" with his channel.


"I’m really hoping that YouTube doesn’t capitulate to a multihundred-million-dollar corporation who've had a long history of advocating corporate censorship," he said. "I’m hoping YouTube doesn’t cave simply because of political and huge financial pressure."


"This is not really an example of hate speech or even just offensive speech versus a self-proclaimed queer creator," he added. "This is an example of a giant, multinational media conglomeration ... attempting to squash a competitor."


Crowder also defended past comments he made about Maza, saying his references to Maza as "the gay Latino host at Vox" was "friendly ribbing" and noting that Maza often refers to himself as gay or queer. He also said he has discouraged doxxing or other targeted harassment online.

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