Earlier today, StrikeThrough host and Vox Video producer Carlos Maza in cooperation with the Anti-Defamation League of the United States kicked off what will be known as the third installment of ever frequent re-occurring bouts of YouTube depression called an “Adpocalypse.”
Maza started this public freakout by announcing a technical war against Right-Leaning comedian and talkshow host Steven Crowder for supposed anti-gay and anti-semetic comments/jokes; somebody who is not too far from such baseless controversies.
Maza used his influence over Vox and the ADL as well as top executive powers in Google, Microsoft and Facebook to pressure YouTube via their advertising potential to influence their agenda against Crowder and YouTube has obliged.
YouTube contacted Crowder and told him that his channel was demonetized and would remain demonetized unless Crowder removed a link to his merchandise shop from the platform.
Crowder of course took a platform on the defense of his free speech and freedom to express; also the freedom to sell his merchandise as he pleases. YouTube has since responded to outspoken opposition to this overreach in a manner resembling a cyber Gestapo.
We have reviewed all of the claims that we could in a timely manner to ensure that what is being written about in this editorial is as true as possible. I as the writer can confirm that a majority of these channels did not do anything to provoke such an unwarranted overreach such as this.
Maza and ADL then attacked Crowder on Twitter and urged YouTube to take further actions against Crowder and similar content providers with help from the rest of the media’s top 10.
As a result, many right of center YouTube and Twitter accounts have been vanishing off of the platforms and a slew of content providers have been cut from advertising streams on both platforms.
Undisputed, here are the facts we know about the “Vox Adpocalypse” as of this evening
- -Over 6,000 channels have been reviewed for any traces of hate speech, even as a potential.
- More than 13,800 videos have been deleted, censored or flagged for any kind of remotely applicable claim.
- 800+ channels have been totally deleted, demonetized or suspended indefinitely. Streams have been interrupted and threats against providers have been made.
- Twitter has been banning and suspending accounts related to the channels deleted on YouTube.
- Twitter has also censored or deleted accounts that speak out in defense of such creators or users of either platform.
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