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After Backlash, YouTube Is Finally Stepping Up To Combat Hate Speech From One Particularly Awful YouTuber And It’s About Time

After Backlash, YouTube Is Finally Stepping Up To Combat Hate Speech From One Particularly Awful YouTuber And It’s About Time

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YouTube has long claimed to have zero tolerance for hate speech, cyberbullying, or discrimination. But one journalist’s recent Tweet storm has shown that the video platform really isn’t enforcing its own policies to prevent it.

So today, YouTube announced that it will prohibit videos that promote discrimination. To make things even more complicated, today’s announcement comes less than 24 hours after YouTube said they wouldn’t take any action.

All of this drama started when Carlos Maza, who works as a journalist at Vox, uploaded

videos and tweets showing how much anti-gay and anti-Latino bullying and discrimination he was facing from the YouTube community.

This is one of his tweets that started the entire conversation around YouTube and its role in preventing online harassment.

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Carlos Maza spoke up about harassment he’s experienced from YouTuber Steven Crowder and his fans.

In a Twitter thread, Maza explained that after each episode of his Vox show ‘Strikethrough’, he will “wake up to a wall of homophobic/racist abuse on Instagram and Twitter.”

He called out “mind-melting” levels of homophobia he experiences on YouTube, a platform that prides itself on being an inclusive, queer-friendly site.

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The platform is even celebrating Pride month by changing its own YouTube profile picture. But they won’t protect the LGBTQ community from hateful speech and online bullying.

This is just one of the many examples Maza shared on Twitter.

There are many videos and examples of obvious homophobia and anti-Latino sentiment in Crowder’s videos. But YouTube originally declined to do anything about it.

Like, really YouTube, this shirt wasn’t enough to classify as hateful speech?!

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I mean I don’t think homophobia gets clearer than wearing a shirt that says “socialism is for f*gsI How much proof did they want?

Maza even put YouTube on blast among other LGBTQ YouTubers.

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He’s absolutely right though. I mean how can YouTube say they have the LGBTQ community’s back but then allow harmful hate speech?

Other’s chimed in adding that much of the speech Crowder was using was so blatantly homophobic they were shocked YouTube wasn’t acting.

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YouTube’s harassment policy, states that “content that makes hurtful and negative personal comments/videos about another person” is not allowed on the platform.

Maza calls out the video hosting service in the Twitter thread for not only allowing Crowder to continue to make content, but also for making money off of him. “YouTube is designed to give those a**holes a megaphone, push new followers in their directions, and keep them listening. It’s a weapon,” Maza wrote in the thread.

YouTube first responded to the controversy saying they wouldn’t take any actions against Crowder or similar content.

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On Tuesday, in a series of tweets, YouTube said that Crowder’s near-constant harassment of Maza contained “hurtful” language, but that it did not violate its policies. This left many confused because according to YouTube, they have a policy against hate speech. If this wasn’t hate speech then what was it?

Apparently, according to YouTube, calling someone a “lispy queer” is just debating.

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That response had people outraged.

Then after major public outcry, YouTube reversed its decision less than 24 hours later.

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On Wednesday, YouTube announced that it will prohibit videos that promote discrimination or segregation based on things like age, gender, race, caste, religion, sexual orientation, and veteran status. Thousands of channels are expected to be affected by the policy change but it’s not clear if Crowder’s account will be affected.

The post also said that the platform will be reducing what it calls “borderline content, such as ”videos promoting a phony miracle cure for a serious illness, or claiming the earth is flat.”

It’s great that YouTube finally made the right choice to start enforcing their own policy against hate speech and cyberbullying. But what took them so long?

Why Do Mexico’s Football Fans Keep Going Unpunished For Shouting Homophobic Slurs At Opposing Players

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Why Do Mexico’s Football Fans Keep Going Unpunished For Shouting Homophobic Slurs At Opposing Players

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If you’ve ever been to a sports match, it’s pretty likely you’ll encounter some serious macho behavior from fans and players alike.

Things are typically no different at soccer games – even world-class events like the World Cup or the Copa Americana – where homophobic slurs are often used to taunt opposing teams.

Unfortunately, that was again the case at this weekend’s Copa Ora game between Mexico and Cuba.

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It’s an all too familiar scene at soccer matches, but espeically at those where Mexican futbol fans go. It starts with the building chant of “Eeeehhhhhh” and ends with the homophobic punctuation of “puto.”

On Saturday both the Rose Bowl and Concacaf allowed the anti-gay and homophobic “puto” chant to descend on the crowd as many as 50 times, according to video and people on Twitter.

The response by both Concacaf and the stadium to try to stop the chant were designed to fail and simply pay lip service to people trying to stop the discriminatory behavior.

The chant during Mexico’s 7-0 routing of Cuba was widespread, very loud and involved a huge number of people in the stands.

For many fans it was alarming.

Here, on international television and in front of some 65,000 people, was an anti-gay slur, the Spanish equivalent of “faggot,” being hurled in unison by hundreds of fans at an opposing goalkeeper.

Yet in many ways, it was routine and perhaps even easy to ignore.

After all, authorities did just that for years, as the taunt spread from Mexican club games to the national team last decade. It soon became a community staple, a rite of passage for match-going fans, a so-called tradition that follows the Mexican team almost everywhere it goes.

Just last year at the World Cup in Russia, global soccer’s governing body opened disciplinary proceedings after the chant accompanied German goal kicks during Mexico’s World Cup opener. FIFA not only fined the Mexican federation but threatened more sanctions. It also promised to revoke Fan IDs – essentially tickets – and eject anybody caught yelling the slur.

The “puto” chant is anti-gay and is designed to belittle opposing male players by likening them to prostitutes and women.

The chant is, at its core, indisputably anti-gay and FIFA itself has labeled the chant discriminatory.

Yet soccer organizations allow the chant to persist, negatively affecting LGBTQ fans, players and coaches.

Some on Twitter didn’t mince words in their reaction to Mexico’s fans.

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A lot of fans took to Twitter to express their anger and embarrassment at their own team for continuing to act in such a hurtful and childish way.

While a very small minority to continue to claim that the word has zero homophobic meaning.

While some pointed out the inconsistency between different leagues.

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Because apparently any homophobic slurs are completely banned at Los Angeles Football Club matches but the Rose Bowl Stadium doesn’t have a similar ban.

One Twitter user even tweeted a potential solution – at least for those watching the game on TV.

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I mean muting the very moment when the chant is about to happen is one way to shield viewers from the blatant homophobia…

Or, I mean, fans could just stop.

The Pope Is On Twitter. Does This Mean God Can See My Tweets?

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The Pope Is On Twitter. Does This Mean God Can See My Tweets?

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So it’s a chill day at work and you’re sitting there scrolling through Twitter…when *gasp* you discover the Pope – yes, that Pope – has a Twitter account. Wait…what?! Is this for real? How did we not know this? Not only does he have a Twitter feed but he’s got like 18 million more followers than you do. Naturally, you start scrolling only to realize the Pope is woke af!

From calling out world leaders for their failure to secure peace in the world or to combat climate change to calling for the protection of the weak and poor among us – the Pope’s Twitter feed is where I go now for some serious feels.

He’s doling out some pretty sage advice.

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Okay, Pope Francis. I see you trying to get us all to get along. I feel like this is something my mom has said to me a lot when I was a kid. Like, be nice to your primos y hermanos because they are going to be with you in the future.

His tweets are literally things that our tías have been telling us for years.

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It is like she is writing his tweets or he is getting his inspo from her. I am 100 percent sure my tía told me this just last weekend when we were at dinner.

He basically put Trump on blast for his inhumane treatment of refugees and immigrants.

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It is known that the Pope and President Trump have a little feud going on. Mainly Trump has a feud and likes to react to things that the Pope says because he might feel like he is in the wrong, but who knows.

He even took a stand on climate change and put the blame on humanity.

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Our family isn’t in the business of discussing this but if they did, it would sound like this. We all know that our family loves to talk about people and how they aren’t behaving. It is their favorite pastime.

He also channels that one prima we all have…

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You know the one. She’s always telling you to let Jesus into your heart and trying to get you to go to church with her.

And apparently, Mary was the very first social influencer.

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There are so many major influencers out there but if the Pope gets behind you and calls you the most influential woman in history then that’s it – you are.

He knows how to help the gente spread the love.

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When the Pope speaks…people listen.

We can all stand to be reminded of this, am I right?

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The Pope tries to make peace between all sorts of groups of people and here he is using some of that meta-advice for something simple: listen to your family, friends, partners, co-workers and others. #ListeningSkills

And he throws down for the abuelos.

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Love you nana!

Mami has got to be following the Pope on Twitter.

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This is straight out of my mom’s mouth. Pero like how did she know the Pope was on Twitter before me…?

And you know your mom always pulled this out when there’s some family drama.

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Of course, she would never admit to having drama in our familia but when others came with chisme about theirs, this is totally the type of advice my mom would give to friends. Think Virginia de la Mora from Casa de las Flores.

This is some heavy advice but oh my god so true!

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Why didn’t I see this Tweet when I needed it most?! My tears irrigate life? Amazing!

Is it just me or is the Pope throwing shade at all the thots on social media?

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He does not hold back with what he thinks about the people. Honestly, if anyone on this planet should be allowed to judge, it is the man who gave his entire life to the church.

Alright…so maybe the Trump/Pope feud is a real thing?

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This is definitely some not-so-veiled shade towards the U.S. president and his tendency to lash out at anyone who disagrees with him.

Pretty sure we’re all thinking the same…

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But like he’s the Pope who leads a community of more than a billion people and can get away with calling out world leaders.

Sometimes you can’t sugarcoat the truth.

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If he isn’t channeling my mom every time she steps into my room…

If this isn’t mis papas trying to inspire me every time I start doubting what I’m doing with my life.

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Mijo, work hard and you can do anything you want to do!

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