YouTube expands anti-harassment policy to include all creators and public figures

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The new policy bans targeted harassment campaigns as well. It comes after criticism YouTube received for not failing to remove videos from Steven Crowder after he harassed Vox's Carlos Maza.
YouTube today announced an expansion of its anti-harassment policy that will ban video creators from insulting one another on the basis of their race, gender expression, or sexual orientation — even if the person they are insulting is a popular creator, celebrity, politician, or other public figure. The new policy comes several months after YouTube was criticized for declining to remove videos posted by right-wing commentator Steven Crowder in which he repeatedly called Vox video host Carlos Maza a "lispy queer," among other things. In the face of strong public outrage, YouTube said it would reconsider all of its harassment policies.

The review was initially intended to focus on videos in which one creator targets another, like what happened in the Crowder case. But today's update goes further, making four core changes to YouTube's policy.

One, the policy expands the types of threats that are now banned. Historically, YouTube has banned direct threats like "I'm going to kill you." Now, more veiled and implied threats will be banned as well. That means no…
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