Google is facing backlash from the LGBTQ+ community in San Francisco following a controversial decision by YouTube this week.
The Google-owned streaming video platform cited free speech concerns for not policing a YouTube channel run by Steven Crowder, a Conservative commentator with nearly 4 million subscribers.
Vox journalist Carlos Maza was a target of Crowder’s channel, which repeatedly targeted Maza with homophobic slurs.
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In what would be a first for San Francisco’s annual Pride celebration, the event’s organizers could ban a major tech company from participating: Google.
In a board meeting on Thursday evening, members of the LGBTQ+ community — some of whom were former Google employees — petitioned San Francisco Pride to exclude Google, according to Hoodline.
That’s because Google owns YouTube, and YouTube is facing major criticism from the LGBTQ+ community in the wake of a controversial decision not to punish a channel for using homophobic slurs and targeting another channel.
A YouTube channel operated by conservative commentator Steven Crowder regularly featured homophobic slurs and racist statements directed at Vox journalist Carlos Maza, who stars in the “Strikethrough” video series.
Maza highlighted Crowder’s behavior in a video on Twitter this week:
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