Steven Crowder Initiates Legal Action against YouTube
Last week, Louder with Crowder LLC through its lawyer gave a legal notice to YouTube of the intent to file a lawsuit and seek an injunction. Watch Steven Crowder and Bill Richmond go over the details in the video below:
Last fall after the Voxadpocalypse, YouTube remonetized the StevenCrowder channel. We had a record breaking election live stream in November. And incredibly successful streams thereafter. If ever there was a target painted on our backs, it was then.
Once we hit the new year and a new president ascended, the landscape of social media shifted in favor of the left. Democrats took control of the presidency and now have control of both houses of Congress. As such, YouTube and other Big Tech platforms feel emboldened, with very few lawmakers standing in their way.
In 2021, YouTube hit us with a warning of a strike over election content, then issued the first hard strike on our channel.
The first hard strike was related to a COVID policy in our March 18 video of the one year anniversary of 15 days to flatten the curve. The studio is familiar with YouTube's policies on COVID, even if those policies dabble in the insane. We believe the "medical misinformation" strike was issued because someone in studio basically backed up the CDC's own data, and said: "Young children are more likely to die of the flu than COVID."
The second hard strike is the most absurd. It was issued against the Columbus shooting video. YouTube said the video violated the community guidelines for harassment, claiming we "reveled in the death of an identifiable person." Which didn't happen.
The concern we have is YouTube is actively looking for "violations" in our past videos that aren't actually violations in order to issue a third hard strike once we're allowed to stream to the platform. Which would deplatform us from YouTube. YouTube has a pattern of applying policies, and even stretching those policies beyond any reasonable reading of the policy, in order to harm channels which take a contrary view of their opinions.
Because of this history of YouTube applying strikes against us for policies it doesn't seem to apply to other channels, because YouTube hasn't been clear about these policies and seems to apply them unfairly to us, we notified YouTube of the intent to file a lawsuit and seek an injunction.
Why should you care, no matter what side of the political aisle you're on? YouTube isn't encouraging debate, it's trying to squash debate, trying to eradicate ideas from its platform it simply does not like. One day those ideas are about the election, then they're about COVID, and now those ideas include applauding an officer for saving a woman's life? When will enough be enough?
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