Tuesday, March 30, 2021

YouTube demonetizes Steven Crowder and the circumstances sound bizarre


Las Vegas 2012

YouTube has permanently demonetized conservative commentator Steven Crowder (BlazeTV), apparently after making claims that the election in Nevada was stolen. Crowder created controversy in 2019 in a battle with Carlos Maza, which had tremendous fallout on many other channels. 

YouTube still holds the line on this, having painted itself into a corner, believing that any such claims on its channel, even by bystanders, could lead the company’s being blamed for inciting right-wing violence.

It does have policies for “controversial issues and sensitive events” (elections), or “harmful and dangerous acts” (largely related to weapons). 

Most commercially successful channels are consumer friendly, and often come from younger adults and college students, who are more concerned about their own careers and lives than “external” politics.   In my own situation in life, I have nothing to “sell” right now (my screenplay, novel, and music could change things later). 

The Verge reports on the incident with Sean Hollister. 

Tim Pool explains on his IRL show today why YouTube is being inconsistent with its own policy. Pool implies that YouTube is nervous about his conversational IRL shows because conservative guests can be unpredictable.

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