YouTube is now investigating conservative comedian, BlazeTV host, and YouTube star Steven Crowder, after a Vox writer who frequently targets conservatives for de-platforming asked them to. And Crowder has a response.
It started - well the current scuffle started - when Vox's Carlos Maza took his case to his Twitter feed to complain that Crowder was harassing and bullying him. In his Tweet thread, he included a heavily edited montage of excerpts from Crowder's shows, where he made fun of Maza.
In that thread, Maza not only targets Crowder for crowd-sourced flagging and reporting, he repeatedly places blame and responsibility on YouTube for allowing a "monster" for allowing "bullying" of its "LGBT creators."
YouTube responded to the Vox writer personally on Twitter.
So personal attention for the liberal writer at a site backed by a major corporate entity.
And that is exactly what Steven Crowder talked about in this response. Watch:
"This is corporate censorship, and this is yet another giant company trying to lean on this channel, your channel, and the content that you've created," says Crowder. "And this is a war ... we will fight to the absolute bitter end both legally and publicly.
He also made an interesting point about viewership. Without being featured, while being in general shunned by YouTube as a company, his channels subscribers and views dwarf those of places like Vox, who on the other hand get all sorts of love and attention from YouTube, he says.
Crowder characterizes this as a David vs. Goliath battle. It is also yet another example of how there is a fine line between corporate freedom to select their content, and coordinated censorship of one point of view by the culturally acceptable other side.