Google(NASDAQ:GOOG) could Be banned From San Francisco Pride following Its response into A YouTuber who used homophobic slursBusiness Insider #It_IndicatesJune 8, 2019
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 .
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:
In response to Maza, YouTube reviewed Crowder’s videos and initially determined he wasn’t violating the site’s terms of service.
The company later reversed that decision, and announced it would demonetize Crowder’s channel rather than banning it — effectively stopping Crowder from profiting directly from his YouTube channel, but allowing him to continue posting videos.
“We saw the widespread harm to the YouTube community resulting from the ongoing pattern of egregious behavior, took a deeper look, and made the decision to suspend monetization,” wrote YouTube’s head of communications Chris Dale in a blog post published this week .
The board of San Francisco Pride has yet to make a decision whether or not it will allow Google to participate, and the group didn’t respond to a request for comment as of publishing.