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The core of YouTube's problem is that they are acting in a quasi-governmental manner, regulating the speech of hundreds of millions without the trappings of transparency and precedent we've reasonably come to expect with such power.
Their transparent willingness to put a finger into the political winds is disastrous. They pulled the Pelosi video in an obvious attempt to avoid media controversy and anger from an important policymaker, even though they don't act on thousands of other misleading videos.
The Cr*wder videos clearly contained personalized harassment that they wouldn't allow from others with less financial or political heft. Demonetization is a tool they have that doesn't apply to other platforms and could have been used long ago to discourage his boundary pushing.
My biggest recommendation to YouTube's team at this point would be to lead the industry with much more transparency in how these decisions are made. They need to document the thinking process, the tests they are using and the precedents they believe they are creating.
There is no way to avoid using their power to shape political speech at this point. When they do so, they need to be quicker to use less aggressive interventions, justify why they made each decision and live with the precedents they are setting.
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