YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki expressed regret to the LGBTQ community in the wake of the company’s lack of success to take more conclusive steps against conservative pundit Steven Crowder’s channel.
On 10th June, at the Code Conference in Scottsdale, AZ, Wojcicki stated that she knows that the verdict they made was very distressing to the LGBTQ community and it wasn’t the social platform’s intent at all. She is very sorry about the whole thing and she would look forward to explain why the company took such a decision.
Wojcicki’s comments came after Carlos Maza tweeted a video collection of Crowder making homophobic comments about Maza, who is the host of an American news and opinion website. Comment included calling him a “lispy queer.” YouTube retorted about the situation via Twitter, stating that, even though the company didn’t hold the same opinion with the statements Crowder made, his content didn’t breached the company’s policies. The decision led to mass uproar from YouTube creators, critics, and even employees at Google who endorsed a petition against YouTube’s decision.
“Are you really sorry for anything that happened to the LGBTQ community? Or are you just sorry they were offended?”
— Recode (@Recode) June 10, 2019
Wojcicki was pressurized about her apology by Axios’ Ina Fried, who asked the CEO to further expand on her apology. She personally feels sorry. She added that YouTube is the home to many LGBTQ creators, and that’s why it was so heartbreaking. Even though it was a tough decision, it was harder that it came from them — because it was an important home. And even after this decision, they have so many people from the LGBTQ community. The social platform wanted to openly support this community.
According to the CEO, everything comes down to context; Wojcicki stated that context is crucial in deciding when to take steps against a channel. For example, rap videos and late night shows often contain words or content that could be considered dangerous. Contextually, those videos are superb. It’s the same defense that Crowder and his supporters, both creators and fans, have used.
Still, Wojcicki thinks they made the right judgment. The team riled out that Crowder’s content wasn’t suitable for monetization. You Tube’s team decided to stop running ads on Crowder’s channel. In the wake of the situation, YouTube is looking to re-evaluate its harassment policies.