Conservative commentator and comedian Steve Crowder's YouTube channel has been suspended by Youtube for one week, with the company saying that a recent video violated its hate speech policy.
In an email sent to Crowder's attorney William Richmond, the company informed Crowder about the strike against his account, and the specific video, which was posted on September 30, that violated policies.
"YouTube specifically warned Mr. Crowder that videos he uploaded showed a pattern of recklessly targeting the LGBTQ+ community for abuse and insults. It warned that further uploading of content that targets, insults, and/or abuses the LGBTQ+ community would result in additional penalties," the statement read.
"On September 30, Mr. Crowder uploaded another video that YouTube has determined continues his prior conduct. The video entitled 'Special Guest ALEX JONES on 'Great Reset' & Joe Rogan TRIGGERS Leftists AGAIN!' contains a segment that targets the transgender community in an offensive manner, for example, by indicating that trans people pose a rape threat to women," the statement continued.
"Consistent with the recklessness provisions of its hate speech policy, YouTube has removed this video from the service and assessed a strike against the Steven Crowder channel. Per YouTube's strikes policy, this results in a one-week upload freeze for the channel. Further violation of YouTube's hate speech policy will result in additional penalties," said the statement.
According to Crowder's website, his team is unsure of the exact reason for the strike against the channel, and has requested that Youtube send timestamps for the content that reportedly broke policy.
"During the September 30 show, we discussed a news article entitled 'Female inmate now pregnant after California pro-trans policy forces women's prisons to house biological men despite prisoners' pleas, warnings: report,' and there was a short comedy sketch after that. The news article was a report on female prisoners becoming impregnated when they were forced to share cells with biological men," said the Louder with Crowder team.
YouTube defended its strike against the channel in a statement to the Daily Wire saying:
"We removed content from and issued a strike to the StevenCrowder channel for violating our hate speech policy, through repeated targeting of the LGBTQ+ community. Hate speech is not allowed on YouTube, and in some cases, we remove content or issue other penalties–such as a strike–when a creator repeatedly targets, insults and abuses a protected group based on attributes such as sexual orientation or gender identity and expression across multiple uploads," the statement said.
Crowder responded to the suspension on his Twitter Wednesday, saying "this is terrifying."
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