YouTube informed Vox journalist Carlos Maza it does not intend to punish creator Steven Crowder for homophobic and racist taunts.
"Opinions can be deeply offensive, but if they don't violate our policies, they'll remain on our site," reads a post from Team YouTube replying to a Twitter thread by Maza.
The journalist this weekend posted a viral thread about how attacks by Crowder have resulted in harassment from the YouTuber's audience.
Maza's posts included a supercut of Crowder using hateful slurs during "fact-check" videos of Maza's work. Crowder has called Maza a "lispy sprite," a "little queer," "Mr. gay Vox" and the "gay Latino V-neck" in videos that remain on YouTube.
"I don't give a flying fuck if conservatives on YouTube disagree with me," Maza wrote. "But by refusing to enforce its anti-harassment policy, YouTube is helping incredibly powerful cyberbullies organize and target people they disagree with."
Of course, Maza also predicted the passive response from YouTube.
But it shocked still to see the official response the YouTube team planned to do nothing.
"To be crystal clear: @YouTube has decided that targeted racist and homophobic harassment does not violate its policies against hate speech or harassment. That's an absolutely batshit policy that gives bigots free license," Maza wrote.
"If you're an LGBT creator, @YouTube is using you. They're trotting you out to convince advertisers that their platform hasn't become a breeding ground for hate speech and bigotry. They're hoping you'll distract advertisers away from the monsters they're creating."
Crowder for his part posted a video saying while his videos did not violate YouTube policies, he did concede they crossed the line of "decency."
"I'm not above recognizing my mistakes, and attempting to rectify them," he said in a video. "I'd like to apologize to all parties involved." Then he posted a number of sarcastic apologies.