Steven Crowder Sues YouTube for Banning Conservative Views
'Louder With Crowder' host files lawsuit against Big Tech streaming platform
Conservative commentator Steven Crowder is suing Big Tech giant YouTube over the video streaming platform's alleged censorship practices.
Crowder is accusing YouTube of misapplying its content moderation practices and policies in a bid to silence conservatives.
He announced the lawsuit on Monday during his show, “Louder With Crowder.”
Since the start of this year, YouTube has again demonetized “Lowder With Crowder” videos and issued two hard strikes against the channel, according to Crowder and his attorney, Bill Richmond.
Both actions have resulted in temporary suspensions of the account.
“As of last Thursday, May 14, my lawyer Bill Richmond and I have filed a notice of a lawsuit against YouTube and are seeking an injunction to prevent them, to stop them from currently deplatforming us,” Crowder said.
"We’ve officially sent a notice of a lawsuit," Crowder continued.
"Very different level – this is the big one, boys and girls.”
Crowder denied ever making any false claims on Monday’s show and noted that YouTube’s justification lacked a specific charge against Crowder.
Crowder said the first and second hard strikes against his channel were similarly vague, leaving the host and his attorney guessing at what could have triggered YouTube’s actions.
The first strike came over an anniversary video of “15 days to slow the spread.”
YouTube claimed that Crowder violated its policy against spreading COVID misinformation.
The second hard strike came over Crowder’s commentary on a police shooting in Columbus, Ohio, in April.
An officer shot and killed black teen Ma’Khia Bryant to stop her from stabbing another girl.
YouTube accused Crowder of “reveling in or mocking” Bryant’s death.
Crowder denied mocking Bryant Monday.
Richmond noted that even had Crowder violated the policy, “Louder With Crowder” is a comedy show and, as such, is exempted under YouTube’s policy.
"This really isn’t just about us,” Crowder said about his lawsuit.
"We can find ways that we can broadcast to you.
"But this is the world’s most powerful company – arguably, when you look at YouTube, Google, Alphabet – and they make sure that they ghost you where people cannot find, not us, but the point of view.”
"In other words, in that same point in time when we’re talking specifically about the Columbus issue, you can go to Stephen Colbert, you can go to CNN, they’re all uploading at that same time with information that we know to be incorrect,” Crowder continued.
"To not allow half the country, half the world ever to correct those mistruths under some misguided and, frankly, not outlined policy … the last thing I want to be doing is doing a lawsuit with Google and YouTube for crying out loud.
"They could squash my nuts into oblivion.”
Richmond added: “What [YouTube is] saying is these ideas are so dangerous that we can’t address them or rebut them, we can’t criticize them, we just have to extinguish the opinions entirely.
"We have to eradicate these opinions from the planet because we can’t deal with them.”
“But the reality,” Richmond continued, “this is a comedy show that takes on important issues. Commentary, politics, issues that are facing everyone in every part of the nation and the world, and we have to be able to talk about them.”
Crowder’s lawsuit against YouTube is the second Big Tech company he has launched a legal battle with this year.
In February, the conservative comedian announced that he was suing Facebook for censoring his content without justification, among other issues.
As The Daily Wire reported:
“We’re going after Facebook based on its own words and its own promises,” Richmond explained. Facebook, he said, claimed they were no longer suppressing certain speech, however, continued to do so.
As an example of what he said was speech suppression, Crowder pointed to his election livestream that was apparently cut off. The stream, as noted by The Daily Wire, amassed a stunning 8.1 million views. The host said he was never given a reason as to why the coverage was curtailed.
“They removed the biggest stream that has ever existed, from the biggest platform that’s ever existed, with no reason,” he said.
YouTube has yet to comment on the lawsuit.