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Right-Wing YouTuber Threw Homophobic And Racist Insults At A Gay Reporter And YouTube Did Nothing

YouTube has long claimed to have zero tolerance for hate speech, cyberbullying, or discrimination. But one journalist’s recent Tweet storm has shown that the video platform really isn’t enforcing its own policies to prevent it.

So today, YouTube announced that it will prohibit videos that promote discrimination. To make things even more complicated, today’s announcement comes less than 24 hours after YouTube said they wouldn’t take any action.

All of this drama started when Carlos Maza, who works as a journalist at Vox, uploaded

videos and tweets showing how much anti-gay and anti-Latino bullying and discrimination he was facing from the YouTube community.

This is one of his tweets that started the entire conversation around YouTube and its role in preventing online harassment.

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Carlos Maza spoke up about harassment he’s experienced from YouTuber Steven Crowder and his fans.

In a Twitter thread, Maza explained that after each episode of his Vox show ‘Strikethrough’, he will “wake up to a wall of homophobic/racist abuse on Instagram and Twitter.”

He called out “mind-melting” levels of homophobia he experiences on YouTube, a platform that prides itself on being an inclusive, queer-friendly site.

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The platform is even celebrating Pride month by changing its own YouTube profile picture. But they won’t protect the LGBTQ community from hateful speech and online bullying.

This is just one of the many examples Maza shared on Twitter.

There are many videos and examples of obvious homophobia and anti-Latino sentiment in Crowder’s videos. But YouTube originally declined to do anything about it.

Like, really YouTube, this shirt wasn’t enough to classify as hateful speech?!

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I mean I don’t think homophobia gets clearer than wearing a shirt that says “socialism is for f*gsI How much proof did they want?

Maza even put YouTube on blast among other LGBTQ YouTubers.

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He’s absolutely right though. I mean how can YouTube say they have the LGBTQ community’s back but then allow harmful hate speech?

Other’s chimed in adding that much of the speech Crowder was using was so blatantly homophobic they were shocked YouTube wasn’t acting.

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YouTube’s harassment policy, states that “content that makes hurtful and negative personal comments/videos about another person” is not allowed on the platform.

Maza calls out the video hosting service in the Twitter thread for not only allowing Crowder to continue to make content, but also for making money off of him. “YouTube is designed to give those a**holes a megaphone, push new followers in their directions, and keep them listening. It’s a weapon,” Maza wrote in the thread.

YouTube first responded to the controversy saying they wouldn’t take any actions against Crowder or similar content.

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On Tuesday, in a series of tweets, YouTube said that Crowder’s near-constant harassment of Maza contained “hurtful” language, but that it did not violate its policies. This left many confused because according to YouTube, they have a policy against hate speech. If this wasn’t hate speech then what was it?

Apparently, according to YouTube, calling someone a “lispy queer” is just debating.

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That response had people outraged.

Then after major public outcry, YouTube reversed its decision less than 24 hours later.

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On Wednesday, YouTube announced that it will prohibit videos that promote discrimination or segregation based on things like age, gender, race, caste, religion, sexual orientation, and veteran status. Thousands of channels are expected to be affected by the policy change but it’s not clear if Crowder’s account will be affected.

The post also said that the platform will be reducing what it calls “borderline content, such as ”videos promoting a phony miracle cure for a serious illness, or claiming the earth is flat.”

It’s great that YouTube finally made the right choice to start enforcing their own policy against hate speech and cyberbullying. But what took them so long?

Cuddling And Wrestling Are Just Two Ways To Make Money On The Side

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Cuddling And Wrestling Are Just Two Ways To Make Money On The Side

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Side hustles are a way of life for young people and they can be anything.

Side hustles are a very important and common part of the economy for young people. Whether it is freelance writing, social media managing, or consulting, you know someone who is working a side hustle to make ends meet. The upside to these side hustles is that they can be anything you want them to be. mitú’s new show “Side Hustle” is taking you behind the scene of some of the most intriguing side hustles. The first episode explores side hustles you can do with your body that kind of make sense.

Janelle Perez is the brains behind CuddleLux, a professional cuddling service.

There is something to be said about a good cuddle. The right touch and squeeze and alleviate all of your stress from the day. For some people, there just isn’t anyone at home to provide that kind of physical touch that can change everything. Fortunately, CuddleLux is expanding a market of people who just want a little cuddle at the end of the day. Despite people first thinking that the idea was weird, according to Perez, they usually come around to the idea of professional cuddling.

“I don’t think that my parents know but my siblings know,” Perez admits to co-host Sasha Merci. “I charge $120 an hour, but the industry rate is $80 an hour. I was doing a regular day job and I just found that it wasn’t for me. I didn’t have enough time with my son, time with myself. I was just running around like a crazy person. I was like, ‘This is for the birds. I’ve got to find something else. Something more flexible.’”

Dirty Sanchez is a luchador that is basically living out our childhood dreams.

We all have memories and home videos of us playing lucha libre with our primos and hermanos. It was just something that we did and we never worried about anyone getting hurt because we were young and invincible. Dirty Sanchez just never grew past the obsession phase and it led him to a profitable side hustle. Now, don’t go calling it fake. Dirty Sanchez is not here for that kind of talk.

“I have plenty of doctor bills to prove that it’s not fake,” Dirty Sanchez tells co-host David Alvarez. “When I’m going to hit you, I’m going to hit you but you’re not going to go to the hospital. I was doing a show in Philadelphia. It was a deathmatch. So we decided to go up on this high balcony that they had so they threw me off and unfortunately that table did not break my fall so I must have fallen about 20 to 25 feet. They checked up on me and said, yeah, pretty much what I had did was pretty much everything in my stomach had came loose and went completely down from that impact.”

Watch more Side Hustle on We Are Mitú’s YouTube channel.

READ: Sasha Merci And David Alvarez Explore The World Of Side Hustles In New Series

No Doubt 2020 Has Been The Worst Year Of Our Lifetime, But These Viral Internet Videos Will Take Us Back To Simpler, More Laughable, Times

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No Doubt 2020 Has Been The Worst Year Of Our Lifetime, But These Viral Internet Videos Will Take Us Back To Simpler, More Laughable, Times

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Ever wish during these times you could travel back and enjoy the good old days?

Welcome to the time machine! From incredible dancers to the sweetest kids of all times, here are the best videos you 100% forgot about. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll bring on the leprechauns.

The Apparently Kid

This is the cutest kid to ever who just probably just learned how to be very frank and use the word “apparently.”

Skateboarding Dog

That dog skateboards better than any of your exes do.

Grape Lady Falls!

Be real, you’ve seen this a dozen times and you still cackle when you hear “Oh dear, I think she’s actually hurt.”

“Chocolate Rain”

You KNOW that all of these years alater you still start randomly singing this song.

Leprechaun in Mobile, Alabama

“Could be a crackhead” is an Oscar-worthy line.

 The Evil Look

The best part is when that cute little face laughs at his own jokeee!

David After Dentist

“Is this going to be forever?”

Evolution of Dance

Even Michelle Obama took place in the evolution of dance years later!

“Friday” by Rebecca Black: 2011

The lines “Tomorrow is Saturday, and Sunday comes afterwards” is so INSIGHTFUL.

LAUGHING CHEWBACCA MASK LADY

Literally the mom with the sweetest giggle of all time.

Crush On Obama

I wonder what Michelle Obama thought of this video but also like so sameee! Bring him back.