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YouTube demonetizes Steven Crowder, says it’s due to “advertiser criticism”

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Steven Crowder’s YouTube channel is once again demonetized by YouTube for apparently violating their Community Guidelines multiple times.

Crowder wrote on Instagram about his channel getting demonetized and said: “I’ve been warning about this for a long time now and it’s here. Today, Google/YouTube just fired a HUGE shot across our bow. They are no longer enforcing ‘community guidelines,’ but creating entirely new ones with the express purpose of removing any and all Conservative voices of dissent.”

In a statement, Crowder said: “On Monday, YouTube issued a hard strike on our main channel, saying our Nevada voter fraud video titled ‘HUGE: Nevada Voter Mysteries Deepen!’ which YouTube has since removed, violated their spam, deceptive practices and scams policy. Then in a separate email, they informed us that ‘During a recent review, our team of policy specialists carefully looked over the videos you’ve uploaded to your channel StevenCrowder. We found that a significant portion of your channel is not in line with our monetization policies.’”

In an email to Crowder’s legal representation Bill Richmond, YouTube also cited advertiser pressure:

“Unfortunately, in recent months the Steven Crowder channel has incurred two violations identified to date of our Community Guidelines and repeated violations of our monetization policies, including those related to misinformation and incendiary and demeaning content. We have also recently received renewed advertiser criticism about content on the Steven Crowder channel. We have a responsibility to ensure that our community is safe for creators, viewers, and advertisers.”

This hasn’t been the first time Crowder has been maligned by YouTube. Back in early 2019, Crowder was suspended from the Partner Program after complaints from media outlets about alleged “harassment” of Carlos Maza, a journalist who works for Vox and who Crowder made fun of.

At the time, YouTube conducted an investigation and declared that the videos hadn’t violated their platform rules.

YouTube then decided to revoke monetization on Crowder’s platform after media outlets ran several articles complaining about the decision.

But cut to a year later, in August 2020, YouTube had him back in the Partner Program.

When YouTube brought monetization back to his channel, it said that Crowder had “taken steps to address the behavior that led to his suspension and has demonstrated a track record of policy-compliant behavior.”

This time, though, YouTube says that the demonetization is indefinite and immediate.

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