YouTube is allowing commentator and video maker Steven Crowder to make money again with his channel, a spokesperson for the company told The Verge . The presenter was punished over a year ago after he accused a gay journalist of, among other things, "lisping queer".
Initially, YouTube decided that Crowder's statements fell under the freedom of expression, but it got back to that after continued pressure. The company disabled Crowder's ability to monetize its channel in June 2019, but is now reversing that.
"Video creators who are banned can request that access again, and after careful consideration, we have re-allowed him," The Verge quoted a YouTube spokesperson as saying . "If violations occur again on this channel, we will take appropriate action."
Carlos Maza, the journalist who was the target of Crowder's homophobic comments, is unhappy with YouTube's decision. On Twitter, he calls the measure that limited Crowder's income in the past year inadequate. "But this decision (to lift the sentence, ed.) Proves that YouTube does not want to enforce its anti-hate policy."
"YouTube has a huge financial interest in keeping hate speech on the platform," writes the indignant Maza. "It's the biggest radicalization machine on the planet. It's bizarre that journalists keep pretending this is a lack of surveillance when it's basically YouTube's whole corporate strategy."