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

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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?

Salice Rose’s Ex Is On YouTube Right Now Attacking The Social Media Star Just Days After Announcing Her New Girlfriend

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Salice Rose’s Ex Is On YouTube Right Now Attacking The Social Media Star Just Days After Announcing Her New Girlfriend

YouTuber Salice Rose has been notoriously private about her love life… up until last week when she introduced us all to her new bae. The Rose Family has erupted with joy for Salice in finding, if not love, then at least baeship with Brilynn. We’ve never seen another face that Salice has dated.

Then, one of Salice’s exes launched a YouTube channel of her own to explicitly talk about her relationship with Salice. In the video, Chas vents all her frustrations with the relationship and publicly airs out her side of the story. According to Chas, Salice was verbally and emotionally abusive, didn’t want her to have friends, and even donated her father’s ashes to Goodwill after one day’s notice to remove her stuff from Salice’s apartment.

Chas F’s channel already has 47k subscribers, and all her videos are about Salice Rose.

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She created the channel about a week ago, just after Salice introduced her followers to her new girlfriend, Brilynn. According to Chas, it was hard to watch the video because just two weeks prior, they were “in each other’s phones” and talking about marriage, but Salice wanted to focus on her music.

Salice Rose has responded with a nearly hour and a half long retaliation video.

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“A message to my ex: I hope lying on my name all over social media made you happy,” Salice tweeted. “I hope you got all the fame you wanted. Because of YOU I’m in waves of depression. You spoke, my turn.”

In the video, she goes point by point to respond to each of Chas’s allegations.

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Salice actually made the point of writing down each point that Chas made and tells her fans that the video would be the first and the last time she talks about that relationship again. 

Chas’ story is that Salice didn’t let her have any other jobs because she didn’t want her to be too far from her. Salice’s side, corroborated by her friends commenting in the background, is that Chas quit all her jobs of her own volition. According to Salice, she would absolutely tell her to “come home,” but didn’t expect her to actually quit her jobs.

According to Chas, Salice had the idea to hire her and their relationship started to fall apart from there.

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Chas shared that she had a feeling that taking the job would take away time from their relationship. They were spending all day together, and Salice takes her job very seriously. According to Chas, that made it difficult to spend time together without tension. Chas also said that she wasn’t getting paid enough to support anything other than her car bills. They started fighting, and Chas says that she didn’t have the opportunity to make any new friends.

The Rose Family is largely very sus of Chas’ accusations.

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Chas said that she asked Salice to take on more responsibilities because she felt degraded by being paid to pick up dog poop. Salice had two dogs and Chas also had two dogs. According to Chas, the moment that she talked about getting other jobs, Salice started to treat her with disrespect and gaslit her.

Salice Rose opened her retaliation video by calling several Goodwills to ask if they accept human remains. They all said ‘no.’

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Chas says that Salice was going to mail her stuff out to Florida after they separated. Chas said she was calling and leaving voicemails to a mutual friend to arrange for Chas’s dad’s stuff to be mailed back to Florida. Through tears, Chas shares that two months after she moved out, she received an email with the subject line, “Notice of Right to Reclaim Abandoned Property” on June 7th.

One fan did some deep diving on Chas’ Instagram back to the day after that email, June 8th.

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“I saw your ex’s vids and for a sec she made me think that you were the bad guy here,” tweeted @nvmexme. “But i mean everyone make mistakes yk? Anyways i kinda stalked her ig account and noticed that the same day say said that her things were going to be ‘donated’ Which was on june 8.”

Salice shared the email with her fans which clearly states that she gave Chas a month and a day from the receipt of the email to reclaim her property, which had already been in her apartment for two months.

There has been an outpour of support for Salice Rose after she responded to her ex-girlfriend’s video.

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Salice laid out her counterargument in an hour and twenty-minute video and went point by point off of Chas F’s video. She made a real point of taking on Chas F’s statement that Salice didn’t want her to have friends. As Salice lays out, she values friendships and argues that it is better for the relationship if both people have friends to hang out with outside of the relationship.

In other news, Salice’s debut R&B track became an overnight bop.

Salice has been teasing an entrance into a music career, and fans are shooketh that it’s actually here. Salice’s new bae, Brilynn commented, “Congratulations babe.”

Relationships are messy, but “Lullaby” is as smooth as can be.

Fans already can’t get enough of her new song.

Some are calling it the new summer bop. It does seem like fans have long been waiting for something like this from Salice Rose and they are letting everyone know that they need to check out this new song.

Watch Salice Rose’s response to her ex-girlfriend’s videos below!

READ: Salice Rose Just Awkwardly Introduced Us To Her Girlfriend And It’s Obviously Love

Salice Rose Just Awkwardly Introduced Us To Her Girlfriend And It’s Obviously Love

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Salice Rose Just Awkwardly Introduced Us To Her Girlfriend And It’s Obviously Love

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YouTuber and poderosa extraordinaire Salice Rose just gave the Rose Family a very vulnerable inside look at her love life, and fans are freaking. Completely out of the blue, Salice posted a video to her Twitter account with the caption, “The wait is over. I’m shaking I’m so nervous. You guys…..MEET MY GIRLFRIEND!”

Girl, we had no idea we were waiting for this and the Rose family loves seeing Salice be the most awkward she has ever been.

At first, we just see Salice in a trench coat in a closet confessing how nervous she is to introduce us to her.

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“I’ve never posted someone I was with in my life on social media… This is a very, very big step of me to do, but I feel like you guys deserve that part of me,” she opens up in the video. She tells us that she loves us at least six times during what is obviously a very brave and nerve-wracking moment for the star.

Then, Salice has a wardrobe change and introduces her bae!

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Salice just announced that her fanbase is officially known as “The Rose Family,” and everyone has their own reaction. Speaking on behalf of all singles is @torixgiselle who laments, “the world really is ending if salice is showing off her bae 😣😂”

Bae is so nervous she forgets to give us her name.

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According to her brand new YouTube channel, already at 6,350 subscribers, she goes by Brilynn Ford. “I’m scared. I hope you guys trust me enough to accept this part of my life into your life and come on this journey with me and with us,” Salice tells us.

Brilynn is promising to publicly prank Salice, and she’s ready for it.

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Salice tells us that Brilynn is very gullible and gets surprised so easily. Salice thinks she’ll be easy bait, but we’re not buying it.

The two are just dating right now, but Brilynn wants to lock Salice down.

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When the camera holder asks them to talk more about their personal life and less about franks, Salice makes this face. Brilynn says, “She’s so anti-dating. I can’t even say we’re dating. I don’t even know what we’re doing right now.”

Salice says, “F*** it, I’m down,” and Brilynn gets SO excited. “We’re dating?!” Brilynn asks. “Noooo, yes, we’re dating but we’re not together.”

They’ve known each other for three years and just recently started dating.

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They would talk a couple of times a year like no time had passed, and just recently, it just happened. Salice tells us that if they were to ever “get together,” we would know about it and they would “film the whole thing.”

“Everything we do we’re going to do on camera now.”

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Brilynn keeps trying to go in to kiss Salice and she gets so awkward. This is obviously love, y’all. After Salice left the room, Brilynn turns to us to reveal it all: “Now that she’s gone, I can tell you guys that we’re actually dating. She’s just in denial.”

Salice shouts, “That is not a fact.” Brilynn is like, “I didn’t know that she could hear me. It’s definitely a fact okay.”

Salice might be afraid of committing to the title but has the cojones to declare her likeship of Brilynn to the world.

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Fans are coming in with the truth like @judycabrera_ saying, “She’s dope like her personality alittle awkward but you guys will get better.”

@0kayVania speaks for the rest of us when she says, “my heart is filled with warmth. my happiness for you is so huge, you deserve everything. i’m glad you are able to feel comfortable sharing these news and i wish you nothing but the best.”

Felicidades, Salice! We ship this awkward baby love.

Watch the full video below.

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