This week, YouTube had a few pretty big disasters, which highlighted how the company is still struggling to fight hate speech, racism and more. Google's LGBTQ employees are furious, and say that executives still do not listen to them.
This isn't new though. There have been numerous reports in the past couple of years, showing that Google's executives really don't listen to its employees concerns, unless there is a lot of unrest within the company.
YouTube's defense of conservative pundit Steve Crowder this week, is just the latest nail in the coffin for many Google employees.
Not only is Google not listening, but it appears that they are doxxing some of these employees. Sharing personal information and personal views with some right-leaning websites. One of the many employees that spoke with The Verge stated that "when these doxxings were brought up, Google said that they were not responsible."
Those that organized the walkouts recently at Google's offices around the world, say that they have faced retaliation for that activism. In fact, Claire Stapleton, one of the many walkout organizers, have announced that she has left the company for that reason.
One employee said that "it's not safe for us", which has forced many employees to limit engagement on those topics, stating that "we need to look out for our jobs, our personal safety and our families."
YouTube has struggled a lot lately, to please everyone. The LGBTQ community hasn't been to happy with YouTube, as it has repeatedly singled them out. With many creators seeing their videos removed (and/or demonetized) for using words like "gay", "lesbian" or "bisexual" in the video.
This all leads to YouTube's recent issues, that have emerged this week. Steven Crowder has been going after one of Vox's writers, Carlos Maza, who happens to be a gay latino man. Maze reported the user to YouTube, but the company found that Crowder did not violate its terms of service. Which seems really odd, considering it was literally hate speech towards another person.
This week, YouTube did decide to demonetize Crowder, but then it also said that as long as Crowder sells his t-shirts he would remain demonetized. Which made absolutely no sense. It then flipped and said that Crowder did nothing wrong. It really seems like YouTube is not sure what to do when it comes to hate speech. But it does need to figure it out soon, before more creators start leaving the platform.
YouTube doesn't really have any competitors, which is why it's seeing all of these issues crop up now. Everyone wants to be a YouTube Creator, and it's bringing up all of this hate speech, racism and much more. Content that should not be on YouTube or really any video sharing site. Hopefully YouTube is able to figure it out pretty soon. But now, their biggest issue is really what's going on internally. If executives aren't listening to their employees, how do they expect to change things and make it a good workplace? They can't.