There has been a constant fight between Vox writer and video host Carlos Maza and conservative YouTuber Steven Crowder that left YouTube in the middle to decide if homophobic language is allowed or not, according to The Verge. After lengthy deliberation, YouTube decided that Crowder’s remarks against Maza were indeed protected by freedom of speech and were not against their policies.
Crowder can be seen in his videos commenting on Maza’s sexuality and ethnicity each time he attempts to disqualify the Vox video series Strikethrough. In Crowder’s videos, he repeatedly calls Maza a “lispy queer” and a “gay Mexican,” among other things. Despite the name calling, YouTube made a statement that discussed their decision to allow Crowder to maintain his channel. “We found language in the videos that were clearly hurtful. However, the videos as posted don’t violate our policies,” read a tweet published from the official YouTube Twitter account.