Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) shut down the Vox writer who pushed YouTube to demonetize all of conservative comedian Steven Crowder's videos on the Google-owned platform.
What are the details?
YouTube made the decision after Carlos Maza of Vox pressured the company and organized a campaign attacking the conservative comedian for going on "homophobic" attacks.
On Thursday, Cruz tweeted about his dissatisfaction with YouTube, writing, "YouTube is not the Star Chamber — stop playing God & silencing these voices you disagree with. This will not end well."
He later added, "This is nuts. YouTube needs to explain why @scrowder is banned, but @iamsambee ('Ivanka is a feckless c***.') & @JimCarrey ('look at my pretty picture of Gov. Kay Ivey being murdered in the womb') aren't. No coherent standard explains it. Here's an idea: DON'T BLACKLIST ANYBODY."
Maza took exception at Cruz's defense of Crowder.
"A U.S. senator is coming to the defense of someone who spent two years calling me a 'lispy queer,'" Maza tweeted. "They do this because they know that @YouTube cares more about looking fair to right-wingers than it does about stopping hate speech and harassment."
Maza went on to complain, this time even pointing the finger at YouTube, which he said was guilty of caving to conservatives.
"Conservatives have spent years arguing that even basic content moderation is a form of 'censorship,'" he insisted. "Their goal is to scare platforms like [YouTube] away from enforcing their hate speech policies. And it's working, because YouTube doesn't have the guts to protect its creators."
"You can't give these people an inch," he raged. "They won't stop crying 'liberal bias!' until they're allowed to use hate speech with impunity. And that's exactly what @YouTube is allowing them to do."
Cruz responded, "Sigh. This individual claims to be a 'journalist.' Then he throws a fit & demands that YouTube CENSOR views he doesn't like. Here's a crazy idea. If you don't like what [Steven Crowder] says, ARGUE AGAINST HIM. Make your case in what John Stuart Mill called the 'marketplace of ideas.'"