YouTube has pulled a video from conservative commentator Steven Crowder for violating its COVID-19 misinformation policy. A clip from the video where Crowder made racist comments about Black farmers was widely criticized on Tuesday.
“This video violates our COVID-19 misinformation policy, which prohibits content claiming that the death rates of COVID-19 are less severe or equally as severe as the common cold or seasonal flu,” YouTube said in a statement to The Verge. “As a result, the video was removed from Steven Crowder’s channel.”
The video was flagged by YouTube’s automated systems when it was uploaded, was immediately blocked from running ads, and was never monetized, YouTube tells The Verge. YouTube has removed other videos that violate the company’s policies from Crowder’s channel in the past.
The company revoked the ability to run ads on his channel in August 2019 after former Vox host Carlos Maza evidenced numerous instances of Crowder using derogatory and homophobic comments when talking about Maza. The instance, and conversations about harassment on YouTube that followed, led to YouTube introducing a new policy specifically designed to curb creator-on-creator harassment. After a year demonetizing Crowder’s channel, YouTube enabled his ability to run ads again.
(Disclosure: Vox is a publication of Vox Media, which also owns The Verge.)