YouTube CEO apologizes, but defends decision on hate speech controversy

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YouTube’s CEO has apologized to the LGBTQ community, but ultimately stood by the decision to keep a creator accused of hate speech on the platform.

At CodeCon on Monday, Susan Wojcicki was asked by Axios reporter Ina Fried if she felt the company had made the right call on conservative commentator Steven Crowder.

Crowder has been criticized for using homophobic and racial abuse in his videos against Vox journalist Carlos Maza, who last week called out the harassment.

Wojcicki said she was “personally very sorry” to the LGBTQ community, and the decision was an emotional one.

“YouTube has always been a home for so many LGBTQ creators and that’s why it was so emotional, and though it was a hard decision, it was made harder that it came from us because we’ve been such an important home,” she said. …

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