Steven Crowder has been temporarily banned from YouTube, and removed from the platform’s Partner Program.

The YouTube channel has been indefinitely suspended from the YouTube Partner Program, which allows channel’s to monetize and run ads.

Steven Crowder has also been banned from uploading videos to the channel for a week. Steven has announced his intent to upload videos to his other channel Crowder Bits instead, in order to get around the restrictions.

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Why was Steven Crowder banned by YouTube?

Two weeks ago, YouTube removed Steven’s March 16th video, which featured ‘bits’ about black farmers and slavery. However, the platform cited that the video violated its Covid-19 misinformation policy rather than its hate speech one.

Similarly, another recent upload was removed by YouTube reportedly due to Steven Crowder’s claims about the legitimacy of the 2020 election vote in Nevada.

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In a statement to The Verge, YouTube said:

“In order to monetize on YouTube, channels must comply with the YouTube Partner Program policies, which include our Community Guidelines, Google AdSense program policies, and Advertiser-Friendly Guidelines. Channels that repeatedly violate our policies are suspended from the partner program. In addition, we removed a video from Steven Crowder’s channel for violating our presidential election integrity policy and applied a strike, meaning uploads are suspended for one week.”

The Verge also report that YouTube didn’t specify exactly which guidelines, but pointed the publication to “controversial issues and sensitive events and harmful and dangerous acts.”

still from Steven Crowder’s YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJdmLu18Vzk)

He was removed from YouTube’s Partner Program in 2019

This isn’t the first ban for Steven Crowder either. In 2019, he was removed from the Partner Program after a former Vox.com host and YouTuber, Carlos Maza, posted a Twitter thread showing Steven’s use of homophobic language towards him. Steven dubbed the comments “harmless ribbing” in response.

However in 2020, he was allowed access to the Partner Program again. “Over a year ago, Steven Crowder was suspended from the YouTube Partner Program (YPP) for harassing a fellow creator and harming the YouTube community,” a spokesperson said in a statement to The Verge.

“This incident exposed gaps in our Community Guidelines, so last December we updated our policies to better address patterns of harassing behaviour and our work here is ongoing. Separately, Mr. Crowder has also taken steps to address the behaviour that led to his suspension and has demonstrated a track record of policy-compliant behaviour.”

It’s unclear whether Steven Crowder will be able to reapply again after this removal. HITC has reached out to YouTube for a comment.

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