Carlos Maza from Vox has been gunning after Steven Crowder’s channel on YouTube with a vengeance, constantly pestering YouTube on social media to have the channel shut down. YouTube responded by saying that they would be demonetizing Crowder’s channel. However, they went further than that, making a blog post stating that they would be demonetizing and shutting down “violative” channels.
If you’re unaware of how this all started, Forbes did a timeline of events leading up to YouTube’s current policy enforcement.
However, this latest escapade transpired on Twitter on June 5th, 2019, where the Team YouTube Twitter account was abrasively approached by Carlos Maza from Vox – a channel that commands more than 6 million subscribers – who was angry that Steven Crowder had been poking fun at him and his gay lisp. Maza angrily told YouTube to shut down Crowder’s channel, which has just under 4 million subscribers.
Team YouTube initially responded saying that they weren’t going to take action against Crowder’s channel, but after repeated pressure from Maza to censor Crowder, Team YouTube folded and said that they disabled monetization on Crowder’s channel and that the only way he would be able to re-enable monetization is to stop linking to his products where you can buy his t-shirts.
To clarify, in order to reinstate monetization on this channel, he will need to remove the link to his T-shirts.
— TeamYouTube (@TeamYouTube) June 5, 2019
Others questioned if this meant that simply having links to t-shirts with content that people don’t like is enough to get them demonetized or if it means that having links plus content that YouTube deems in violation of their policies is enough to get them demonetized, too. Team YouTube responded by saying that it was a “pattern of egregious behavior”.
It was a pattern of egregious actions: https://t.co/BAqPqhIueZ
— TeamYouTube (@TeamYouTube) June 5, 2019
But it didn’t end there.
YouTube proceeded to roll out a blog post explaining that they would be raising the voices of “authoritative sources” and reducing the presence of those producing “violative” content.
On June 5th, 2019 YouTube made a blog post explaining…
“[…] In 2017, we introduced a tougher stance towards videos with supremacist content, including limiting recommendations and features like comments and the ability to share the video. This step dramatically reduced views to these videos (on average 80%). Today, we’re taking another step in our hate speech policy by specifically prohibiting videos alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion based on qualities like age, gender, race, caste, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status. This would include, for example, videos that promote or glorify Nazi ideology, which is inherently discriminatory. Finally, we will remove content denying that well-documented violent events, like the Holocaust or the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, took place. […]
“[…] In addition to removing videos that violate our policies, we also want to reduce the spread of content that comes right up to the line. In January, we piloted an update of our systems in the U.S. to limit recommendations of borderline content and harmful misinformation, such as videos promoting a phony miracle cure for a serious illness, or claiming the earth is flat. We’re looking to bring this updated system to more countries by the end of 2019. Thanks to this change, the number of views this type of content gets from recommendations has dropped by over 50% in the U.S. Our systems are also getting smarter about what types of videos should get this treatment, and we’ll be able to apply it to even more borderline videos moving forward. As we do this, we’ll also start raising up more authoritative content in recommendations, building on the changes we made to news last year.”
Just for reference, YouTube’s algorithm to reduce original content creator recommendations and bolster mainstream media sources resulted in a market cap loss of $70 billion.
However, loss of money doesn’t seem to mean much to YouTube because they’re pressing forward with their algorithm to reduce the voices of specific content creators on YouTube. Journalist Tim Pool did a video covering how certain channels may be impacted by this measure and how this VoxAdpocalypse could seriously hamper the growth of a lot of YouTubers moving forward.
While Pool’s video is more speculative about the outcome of this new measure, Keemstar was a lot more direct.
Various content creators messaged the Drama Alert YouTuber about their channels being completely demonetized on the very same day that YouTube said they would be demonetizing and shutting down channels. Keemstar shared images of YouTubers who received notices from YouTube stating that their channels had been completely demonetized.
Mostly channels that stream on YouTube.
— KEEM 🍿 (@KEEMSTAR) June 5, 2019
— KEEM 🍿 (@KEEMSTAR) June 5, 2019
As pointed out by Steven Crowder on Twitter, Vox and other mainstream news media sources had originally targeted PewDiePie, constantly pelting him with a barrage of fake news and other attacks until PewDiePie finally disavowed his “Subscribe to PewDiePie” meme and has mostly tried staying out of the spotlight. But now they’ve come for every other YouTube out there.
Vox went after YouTube’s #1 independent creator @pewdiepie for YEARS.
When they failed, they came after EVERYONE. #VoxAdpocalypse
— Steven Crowder (@scrowder) June 5, 2019
Journalist and filmmaker Mike Cernovich was a lot less subdued over the event, and spoke more about the endgame rather than talking about the surface level policy changes enforced by a Vox journalist.
Cernovich pointed out that the same people who are asking for Conservatives to be deplatformed, and also gunning to demonetize content creators on YouTube are many of the same people who have ties to the known domestic terrorist group, Antifa.
ANTIFA operates openly on social media with the full endorsement of the same “reporters” who want Crowder banned.
Wake the f-ck up.
This isn’t a game to them, this is war, and they are coming for you next.
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) June 5, 2019
Cernovich is not wrong.
There are many national level journalists who have direct ties to or have avoided any negative reportage on Antifa.
There was even a study done cross-referencing national level journalists who either supported, followed, or reported on Antifa in a non-negative light. The researcher who produced the report was promptly banned from Twitter after a mass-report campaign was organized by Antifa.
Regardless of what the end goal is, at the moment YouTube is going through and terminating accounts at the drop of a dime.
Varg Vikernes’ ThuleanPerspective channel, for instance, was recently terminated right after YouTube began aggressive enforcing their policy at the behest of Maza.
Vikernes is quite outspoken and his last video was about Viking runes being banned in Sweden. As noted by one of his followers, there was no forewarning about the termination and attempting to access the channel renders the notice about it being terminated. He also made a second YouTube channel called the Thulean Perspective #2 but don’t expect it to stick around for long at the current rate YouTube is terminating channels.
Like some YouTubers who saw the writing on the wall, Vikernes had made an effort to safeguard his work by backing it up over on Bitchute.
He did make a short 30 second upload informing his audience that the YouTube channel had been terminated.
Expect to see more notices of account termination popping up over the next couple of days (or weeks), as well as widespread demonetization of content that YouTube labels as “violative”.
Of course, as pointed out in Tim Pool’s video, late night talk show hosts and other mainstream media sources who engage in the same kind of “violative” content such as name-calling, foul language, or picking on certain groups, are exempt from YouTube’s measure. It’s just another sign of the times… or more specifically, a sign we’re living in the Age of the Clown.
There is some hope in the form of the U.S., government investigating the big tech companies for antitrust violations, as reported by Time. So maybe not all hope is lost.
(Thanks for the news tip Qwentr and Doug)