While we haven't covered Varg's channel much in the last few years - the ongoing racist and and conspiratorial nature of his videos got repetitive, although there were some gems - it seems the content did not meet Youtube's new standards. The company had already restricted commenting and sharing features on similar videos in 2017, but the new ban goes one step further. Disabled Internet personality Ricky Berwick posted a profanity-laced video in response to Maza, whose Twitter handle is "gaywonk", stating that he has been "called every name in the book" but would not ask YouTube to censor his critics, advising Maza to "log off" if Crowder bothers him. There are also multiple references to Maza's sexuality and ethnicity in the below video.
In a response to Gizmodo, a Google spokesperson also claimed that Crowder was only "debating" Maza's opinions, and was off the hook as he hadn't directly "instructed" viewers to harass the Vox host.
The video streaming company says it has already made it more hard to find such videos, but it's now removing them outright. "I genuinely can't imagine what LGBT employees at YouTube are doing right now", Maza said.
Maza called the new policy "a shiny prop".
The company said: "We take allegations of harassment very seriously - we know this is important and impacts a lot of people".More news: Rape accusation against Ronaldo dropped
YouTube's insistence that it will ban all forms of "supremacist" videos stands in contrast to a similar policy change at Facebook, which made a decision to exclusively ban "white nationalist" and "white supremacist" content, seemingly ignoring similar content from, for example, Black separatist or radical Zionism movements. The company forbids slurs and stereotypes that "incite or promote hatred", and its anti-harassment policy bars any content that makes "hurtful and negative personal comments/videos" about other people.
"These videos make me a target of ridiculous harassment, and it makes life sort of miserable", Maza said in a Tweet, adding that it "derails your mental health".
'.This has been going on for years, and I've tried to flag this s*** on several occasions.
"As an open platform, it's crucial for us to allow everyone-from creators to journalists to late-night TV hosts-to express their opinions w/in the scope of our policies", YouTube tweeted.More news: Trump talking trade in United Kingdom after day of pageantry
As LGBT Pride month kicks off, YouTube has been accused of failing to banish homophobia from its platform while at the same time "exploiting" LGBT creators for advertising dollars.
Now, while some people and free speech absolutists may get offended by YouTube's actions.
YouTube's social media pages are now decorated with rainbow-themed graphics, in support of LGBT rights. YouTube has publicly stated that racist and homophobic abuse doesn't violate their anti-bullying policies.
But others have said if YouTube itself accepted the videos were "hurtful", it was failing to enforce its own policies. "We can use that same power to force YouTube to do better - to give a s*** about the communities it was built on the backs of".More news: Plans announced to host ‘Straight Pride Parade’ in Boston