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YouTube reverses course on homophobic videos but stays consistently inconsistent

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Late last night, YouTube ended its days-long silence over allegations of homophobic abuse on its platform. The claims were straightforward and corroborated via multiple video clips: A journalist at Vox named Carlos Maza was subject multiple times to harassment from right-wing YouTube personality Steven Crowder. YouTube ultimately decided the videos, though “offensive,” were A-okay. In a statement, the company wrote:

Our teams spent the last few days conducting an in-depth review of the videos flagged to us, and while we found language that was clearly hurtful, the videos as posted don’t violate our policies. 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 within the scope of our policies. Opinions can be deeply offensive, but if they don’t violate our policies, they’ll remain on our site.

As my colleague Michael Grothaus wrote, YouTube’s decision to keep content up simply isn’t in line with the terms of use YouTube cites. The company clearly........

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