YouTube has said that it’s “suspended” monetization for popular star Steven Crowder, chalking up the decision to a “pattern of of egregious actions” that “has harmed the broader community.”
The decision comes just a day after YouTube faced a major backlash after it publicly declined to take action against Crowder after it came to light that the star had made consistent homophobic and racist comments about Vox journalist Carlos Maza.
Crowder — who has 3.8 million subscribers — frequently refers to the Maza’s sexuality and ethnicity on his show, using phrases like “lispy queer” and a “gay Latino” to describe the journalist.
YouTube said on Tuesday that although Crowder’s language was “clearly hurtful,” it did not constitute a violation of its policies.
On Wednesday, however, YouTube seemed to indicate that while Crowder’s videos may not have violated the site’s terms of service, it was found to be against its partner program policies — the rules that govern the ability of top YouTubers like Crowder to take a slice of the advertising revenues generated by their videos.
The terms of this suspension are not immediately clear. We’ve reached out to YouTube for more context and clarification, and will update if we hear back.
This story is developing….