Some YouTube Creators Worry They’ll Get the Steven Crowder Treatment With ‘Arbitrary’ Rules Enforcement

“Right now it’s largely conservatives being censored… but, undoubtedly, today its conservatives and tomorrow it can be you,” PragerU’s chief marketing officer Craig Strazzeri says

Creators on YouTube are split on whether or not the demonization of Steven Crowder’s YouTube channel this week will set a new precedent for expression on the platform. Crowder, who hosts a right-leaning comedy show distributed on YouTube, had his entire channel demonetized on Wednesday for a “pattern of egregious actions” that despite not breaking any of YouTube’s policies, “harmed the broader community,” according to the Google-owned video service.

(YouTube did not respond to requests for comment for this story.)

The company’s decision has widened the divide between creators who think YouTube isn’t doing enough to police extreme content on its platform and those who think the company is dismantling freedom of expression.

“We have already seen this hit creators on the left and right as well as apolitical podcasters,” said Tim Pool, a journalist who runs two political-focused YouTube channels. “As I begin to hire and expand I need to know that my business can operate without arbitrary enforcement due to public pressure.”

YouTube’s actions should send a warning that the platform is not a safe place for their business, Pool said, “not because they took action against Crowder over his speech but because…

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