YouTube suspended the channel of Steven Crowder again. This time, the Google-owned platform issued a second hard strike, meaning the channel will not be able to upload any content or stream for two weeks.
YouTube suspended the channel after it uploaded a video about the Columbus shooting. The video stated that the shooting of Makhia Bryant, a teenager, by the police, was justified, since she was threatening another person with a knife.
In an email to the owner of the StevenCrowder Channel, YouTube said:
“YouTube Creators share their opinions on a wide range of different topics. However, there’s a line between passionate debate and malicious harassment. Content containing targeted harassment including, but not limited to, stalking, threats, bullying, and intimidation is not allowed on YouTube.”
The platform further elaborated its decision to Steven Crowder’s attorney:
“In particular, this video violated the aspect of the policy that prohibits ‘content reveling in or mocking the death or serious injury of an identifiable individual.’ Accordingly, the video has been removed and a strike has been applied to the Steven Crowder channel. This constitutes the second active strike on the Steven Crowder channel and, as a result, uploads are now suspended for two weeks.”
However, as Steven Crowder noted in a post on his website, YouTube’s policy only seems to apply to some channels, not all. Crowder posted a video on Twitter showing multiple instances where others have harassed or mocked the serious injury or death of an identifiable individual without being censored.
Steven Crowder’s channel is now only one strike away from a permanent ban from YouTube.