Speaking to Carlson on Thursday, after YouTube demonetized hundreds of accounts for posting content even remotely linked to controversial topics, Greenwald excoriated Vox journalist Carlos Maza, whose clamoring against conservative shock-jock Steven Crowder triggered the crackdown.
“YouTube caved in defense of the powerful,” Greenwald claimed. “That’s what they will always do. Defend the mob and the powerful at the expense of those who are marginalized.”
“It would never occur to me to run to social media companies to beg for censorship,” he said. “In part, it comes with the territory of being a public figure. I don’t want to live in a world where our discourse is policed and determined by overlords who run Silicon Valley companies and will always cater to the most powerful faction.”
A gay Latino journalist with the ultra-liberal outlet Vox, Maza’s year-long feud with Crowder was the genesis of the latest round of deplatforming and demonetizing. Crowder had publicly insulted Maza with homophobic slurs, calling him a “lispy queer,” among other schoolyard taunts. Maza demanded YouTube take action, and although the streaming giant said Crowder didn’t break its rules, Maza tweeted up a storm and the company eventually complied, stripping his channel of ad revenue on Wednesday.
The demonetization didn’t satisfy Maza, who called on YouTube to fully ban Crowder from the platform. Though Crowder’s videos are still online, scores of other controversial figures had their videos deleted – including perpetual liberal bogeymen Milo Yiannopoulos and Gavin McInnes.