YouTube says anti-gay slurs do not break its guidelines

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Journalist Carlos Maza commonly faces abuse on-line

YouTube is one in all many firms that has given its emblem a rainbow-themed makeover to point out help for LGBT rights – however, beneath the colorful veneer, a row has erupted over how the video-sharing website enforces its personal hate-speech insurance policies.

On the centre of the dispute is journalist Carlos Maza, who presents a well-liked sequence known as Strikethrough for the information website Vox.

He says he has confronted persistent abuse from rival video-maker Steven Crowder, who has greater than three.eight million subscribers on YouTube.

Every time Maza publishes a video for Vox, Crowder will publish his personal “debunking” video, peppered with insulting language attacking Maza’s sexual orientation and ethnicity.

So, final week, Maza posted a video compilation of the abuse.

Within the clips, Crowder imitates Maza’s accent and calls him, amongst different issues, a “lispy queer”, a “homosexual Vox sprite” and a “homosexual Mexican”.

Maza requested YouTube to step in.

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Video-maker Steven Crowder hosts a well-liked present on YouTube

“These movies get hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube. Each time one will get posted, I get up to a wall of homophobic/racist abuse on Instagram and Twitter,” he stated in a tweet.

“These movies make me a goal of ridiculous harassment.”

YouTube stated it will examine.

It performed an “in-depth overview” and on Tuesday it got here again with a solution.

“Whereas we discovered language that was clearly hurtful, the movies as posted do not violate our insurance policies,” it stated in an announcement.

‘Pleasant ribbing’

YouTube’s response has been met with a blended response.

Many individuals need to body the dispute as a battle over free speech.

Crowder himself claimed the row was not about abuse however “an instance of a large company media entity [Vox] making an attempt to silence voices they don’t like”.

He stated the language he used to mock Maza was “pleasant ribbing”.

“It is humorous and it is a comedy present. ‘Lispy queer’ is innocent and I get pleasure from saying it,” he stated in a video.

However others have stated if YouTube itself accepted the movies have been “hurtful”, it was failing to implement its personal insurance policies.

It guidelines prohibit content material that:

is intentionally posted to be able to humiliate somebody
makes hurtful and adverse private feedback about one other particular person

However YouTube stated Crowder’s feedback didn’t violate the insurance policies as a result of they have been sandwiched between “debate”.

In notes offered by Google and revealed by information website Gizmodo, the corporate stated: “We take into accounts whether or not criticism is concentrated totally on debating the opinions expressed or is solely malicious.”

YouTube’s social media pages are presently adorned with rainbow-themed graphics, in help of LGBT rights.

However Maza stated the video-sharing website was “exploiting” LGBT folks.

“It’ll get a lot worse now. YouTube has publicly acknowledged that racist and homophobic abuse does not violate their anti-bullying insurance policies,” he stated.


by Ben Hunte, LGBT correspondent

Many professional LGBT video-makers shall be acquainted with importing materials on-line and immediately being affected by sure audiences, solely due to their sexuality.

YouTube’s tackle this can disappoint the LGBT group.

It can shock them that hurtful issues thought-about hate speech and punishable by regulation in actual life can merely be labelled “debate” on-line, and never require any repercussions.

With LGBT Delight Month simply kicking off, it is going to be attention-grabbing to see what number of different organisations will undertake rainbows throughout their manufacturers, with out essentially backing the queer communities they’re desperately advertising and marketing themselves to.

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