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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?

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These Are The Top YouTube Workouts To Try At Home To Help Keep Those Resolutions

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These Are The Top YouTube Workouts To Try At Home To Help Keep Those Resolutions

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With the official start of 2021 – which will hopefully be so much better than 2020 – the desire to be physically fit and achieve that “beach body” (whatever that is) is at a seasonal high. Whether due to a new year’s resolution to get in shape, stay active, lose weight, or simply be more healthy, people are looking for ways to feel and look good despite being under stay-at-home orders.

Across the country, gyms are still closed thanks to the pandemic and many of us are looking for new ways to follow those fitness goals. Enter YouTube: it’s full of incredible, free workouts that are sure to get you motivated. Here are some of our favorites:

The Fitness Marshall

If you’re like me and hate working out, then The Fitness Marshall may be your answer. Fitness guru Caleb Marshall combines hit pop songs — like “Heat” by Kelly Clarkson and “Pony” by Ginuwine — with dance moves that help you break a sweat and have fun doing it. 

Fitness Blender

Run by husband-and-wife team Daniel and Kelli, Fitness Blender is a simple yet great channel. All of their videos are filmed with a white background so you can actually focus on what they’re doing. They have more than 600 full-length workout videos, and more than 150 of those are HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) to get your body moving and blood pumping. All workouts range from 5- to 45-minutes. While some videos require some basic equipment, many can be done with your body weight alone.

Popsugar Fitness

Filmed in a fitness studio with at least three people, the channels feels a bit like an old-school ’80s workout video, without the signature fashion and hair of course…but it does bring that fun group attitude right to you. The channel has different categories: beginners, HIIT, dance cardio, plus workouts targeted at different body parts. You can also choose a class based on length (10 minutes, etc.) Plus, they have a section full of no equipment cardio workouts so you can get your heart rate up without leaving the house

The Body Coach

The Body Coach (aka Joe Wicks) believes that everyone should be able to work out, no matter their fitness level or budget. The channel has more than 250 videos, including challenges, time-based workouts, and workouts for specific body types. There’s a new HIIT workout every week. One of the coolest parts of the channel is that it also has workout for kids, including a daily P.E. class that might be very helpful for any parents who have basically started homeschooling their kids.

Blogilates

No list of YouTube fitness channels is complete without Blogilates. This widely popular channel has close to 4.5 million subscribers and focuses on POP Pilates, PIIT28 and Bootcamp Sculpting. If you have no clue what those are, don’t worry. You don’t need to understand it to enjoy these workouts.  

Certified fitness instructor Cassey Ho’s friendly demeanor makes laying on a mat and working your core, legs, arms and butt almost enjoyable.

Flightmaster Yoga

This channel is not about being a perfect yogi. The motto of the channel is “It’s not about the pose.” All Lesley Fightmaster wants from you is to show up and do your best. She has a number of full-length yoga practices for anyone at any level. You can start with the for beginner videos and then work your way up to 30-minute practices45-minute hatha practices, and full 1-hour practices. The tone is supportive, comforting, and non-judgemental. Show up and try your best to see what happens.

Roberta’s Gym

Think of Roberta’s Gym as the Alexa of exercising. This animated trainer doesn’t really have a personality, but her on-screen timers and rep counters help you keep track of what you’re doing better than any humanoid.

BullyJuice

Despite the name, this instructor isn’t a bully at all. He offers up super motivational videos that anyone can do from the comfort of their home. And he keeps it simple: 20 minute full body workouts that require no equipment. Yes, some of the workouts will kick your ass but what do they say? No pain, no gain!

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This Latina TikTok Beauty Guru Shared Some Incredible Christmas Makeup Tutorials With Her Followers

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This Latina TikTok Beauty Guru Shared Some Incredible Christmas Makeup Tutorials With Her Followers

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Christmas may only be a few days away, but this year there won’t be as many parties and get-togethers as there were in years past. But that doesn’t mean you still can’t have some fun and dress up for just your closest family members (Or, hey! Just yourself if that’s the case).

Lucky for us, there are tons of beauty gurus on YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok who are generous enough to share their creative makeup ideas with their legions of followers. One such beauty guru is Peruvian-based makeup artist Nicolle Chang.

Chang gifted her 226.1K TikTok followers with some incredible Navidad makeup looks. Some are crazy and over-the-top (like the jaw-dropping Grinch look) and some are beautiful and super-wearable.

Take a look below to see these amazing Christmas makeup TikTok tutorials by this Latina influencer!

Pretty Elf

This one is pure fun. If you’re planning on being around any young children this year, why not add some magic to your family time and make yourself into an elf? Not only will you entertain the kids in your life, but you can also take a million Instagram-worthy selfies. Find all the products that Chang used here.

Sexy Santa

Not every Santa has to be an old bearded dude. Chang did her own twist on Santa Claus with a creative red and green eye look and a bright red lip. And of course, there’s some glitter. The look wouldn’t be complete without glitter, after all. Find all the products that Chang used here.

Downright Adorable Reindeer

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Tutorial de maquillaje de Rodolfo el Reno 😍 #parati #fyp #destacame #xyzbca

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Here’s another makeup look that would go over great with the kids in your life. And if you want to be super creative, you can convince your other family members to try out the other makeup looks as well. Who wouldn’t like to see Santa, an elf, and a reindeer sitting around the Christmas dinner table? Find all the products that Chang used here.

Peppermint Princess

Here’s a creative one that will be sure to turn heads around the holidays! According to Chang, this red and white striped look was inspired by all the candy canes she had lying around her house. Finish off the look by getting crafty and making your very own candy cane crown! Find all the products that Chang used here.

Senorita Grinch

If you really want to be the talk of your family get together this year (and for years to come), why not commit to a full-on Christmas transformation? And what’s more transformative than literally painting your entire face green and dressing up as the Grinch? Find all the products that Chang used here.

The Wearable Holiday Look

Look, some people don’t necessarily want to paint their entire faces like the Grinch on Christmas Day. So Chang created a super wearable and versatile holiday makeup look. Complete with a warm smokey eye, soft glitter accents, and a deep wine lip. Find all the products that Chang used here.

Snow Glam

If you’re sick of red, green and gold Christmas makeup, try this blue and white frosty look. This look is also super wearable for those of us who aren’t necessarily interested in turning ourselves into a Christmas character anytime soon. Find all the products that Chang used here.

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