“Dear Susan Wojcicki,
YouTube’s social media profiles have been updated with a rainbow-themed version of your logo to celebrate Pride Month. But to truly celebrate your LGBTQ creators and users, there’s another more meaningful update you need to make this month.
Your platform has made it easier than ever for people making abusive content to reach a massive scale. As Vox video producer Carlos Maza documented in a Twitter thread, he’s been the subject of repeated personal attacks by the popular YouTube commentator Steven Crowder. During a series of videos attempting to rebut Carlos’s arguments, he calls Carlos “the lispy queer from Vox,” along with many other homophobic and racist slurs. These repeated attacks on Carlos’s sexual orientation and ethnicity have led to vicious onslaughts, including doxxing and dogpiling, from many of Crowder’s millions of fans. …
We are strong supporters of lively political debate and free speech and believe that turning a blind eye to abuse does nothing to advance either. Our efforts to protect Carlos and others from historically marginalized groups from being silenced or driven from the platform by incessant harassment are in line with these values. We appreciate YouTube’s efforts to work to improve your hate speech policy and your recent commitment to seriously review your harassment policy, and understand that making the internet a safer place while protecting political speech is a complicated, difficult task.
But right now those policies make everyone less safe. The dangerous backlash against creators who dare to speak out against abuse is all the more explosive when your rules are confusing and applied inconsistently and without transparency.
This Pride Month, change more than your logo. Clarify and enforce your harassment policy.
Lauren Williams, Editor-in-Chief
Joe Posner, Head of Video
Why should we even bother to have politics?
It is so much easier to appeal to the Big Tech CEOs who run unaccountable corporate monopolies and have them unilaterally impose progressive values on the public square, label all opposition to those values “hate” and “extremism” and ban everyone who disagrees with this policy. David French will defend these policy changes too in the name of the “eternal principles” of classical liberalism.
Naturally, the new moral standard of social justice ONLY APPLIES to people on the Right who are critical of homosexuality. The Left should have a free hand to use social media to promote censorship of competing ideas and to engage in violence and to humiliate their perceived enemies by doxxing them and forming gangs to pressure companies to fire them from their jobs. This will all work out in the end too because no unforeseen consequences will result from the use of these tactics.