YouTube Demonetizes Steven Crowder's Channel After Vox Writer Complains

Eric Schaffer | June 5, 2019
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On Wednesday, YouTube announced on their "Team YouTube" Twitter account that they were suspending monetization of popular conservative host Steven Crowder’s channel.

The announcement came just a day after YouTube said Crowder’s content did not violate their terms of service, in response to various calls to de-platform the comedian mainly headed by Vox’s Carlos Maza,

Maza, a video content producer for Vox, claimed that Crowder had engaged in homophobic language against him on his show, while also asserting that Crowder was harassing him by rebutting his Vox content.

YouTube summed up their decision by saying: “While we found language that was clearly hurtful, the videos as posted don’t violate our policies.”

“Opinions can be deeply offensive, but if they don’t violate our policies, they’ll remain on our site,” YouTube continued. “Even if a video remains on our site, it doesn’t mean we endorse/support that viewpoint.”


YouTube ended their statement by adding, “There are other aspects of the channel that we’re still evaluating– we’ll be in touch with any further updates.”

Though an initial victory, YouTube’s final words on the situation gave a few conservatives pause, with some worrying that YouTube was leaving a door open to backtrack through if needed.

This appears to be the case.

YouTube tweeted the following:

YouTube is still allowing Crowder to publish videos on his channel, which boasts more than 3.8 million subscribers, but has halted his ability to make any money off his content. This, however, didn’t quell Maza’s anger, who wants Crowder booted off the platform entirely, tweeting:

As YouTube continues to crack down on conservative commentators, many continue to not only question whether their Terms of Service are too stringent, but why they aren’t being applied equally. 

Ben Shapiro, for example, pointed out on Twitter that, by YouTube’s standards, comedians such as Samantha Bee should also be banned from the platform. 

Only time will tell what this means for Crowder. If he is deplatformed entirely, as Maza’s ilk seek, it will be a dark day for social media. 


Update: YouTube has responded to Maza, saying that Crowder must address the problems with his channel to be re-monetized. One such action YouTube says Crowder must take is removing all links to his "Socialism is for F**s" t-shirt. Past that, it is unclear what Crowder will need to do to regain monetization.