YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki apologised to the LGBTQ neighborhood at a tech convention Monday after the corporate came under fire for no longer taking motion in opposition to homophobic content material on its video-sharing platform.
“I do know that the verdict we made used to be very hurtful to the LGBTQ neighborhood, and that wasn’t our aim in any respect,” Wojcicki stated at Vox Media’s CodeCon. “That used to be no longer our aim, and we had been in point of fact sorry about that, and I do need to provide an explanation for why we made the verdict we did.”
Ultimate week, YouTube introduced that it could no longer take motion in opposition to Steven Crowder, a well-liked right-wing commentator who has been accused of a years-long marketing campaign of homophobic and racist harassment against a Vox Media reporter. A lot of his rhetoric used to be posted on YouTube, the place he has just about four million subscribers.
The problem used to be brought to light in a sequence of viral tweets via Vox journalist Carlos Maza, who stated he faces “thoughts melting” ranges of homophobic harassment via Crowder’s YouTube channel in spite of the social video corporate selling itself as LGBTQ-friendly.
Since I got to work at Vox, Steven Crowder has been making video after video “debunking” Strikethrough. Each unmarried video has incorporated repeated, overt assaults on my sexual orientation and ethnicity. Here is a pattern: pic.twitter.com/UReCcQ2Elj
— Carlos Maza (@gaywonk) May 31, 2019
YouTube later stated it used to be temporarily demonetising Crowder’s channel via casting off advertisements from it and that it used to be going to reevaluate its harassment insurance policies. It additionally introduced it could remove neo-Nazis, Holocaust deniers and Sandy Hook skeptics from its platform. Crowder’s channel stays up.
“Steven Crowder has numerous movies, and it took a while for us to take a look at that and are aware of it within the context of the video as a result of context in point of fact, in point of fact issues,” Wojcicki stated Monday. “We checked out a lot of those movies and we made up our minds they weren’t violative of our harassment insurance policies.”
She added that the Google-owned corporate needs to watch out about growing new content material insurance policies and no longer act on knee-jerk reactions. Legislation, she famous, “may have accidental penalties,” and he or she needs to paintings with governments to verify they act as it should be.