On October 13, Steven Crowder announced on Twitter that he had been suspended from YouTube for anti-trans hate speech. This was the third time YouTube had suspended Crowder in 2021. The Louder with Crowder episode which triggered the suspension featured a segment on alleged pregnancies in California female prisons. As Mashable’s Matt Binder reported, the story Crowder discussed is not true:
Crowder was referring to a segment he did alleging that a transgender person in a women's prison sexually assaulted and impregnated a fellow inmate in California. In January, a state law known as SB 132 that allows transgender people to be placed in an incarceration facility that is consistent with their gender identity went into effect.
However, no one in California's women's prisons has become pregnant while in custody, according to a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) spokesperson.
While YouTube has policies against spreading misinformation on its platform, it's unclear if the company was aware that Crowder repeated a debunked claim in his video. According to YouTube, Crowder's suspension is due to the rhetoric used in the video, which violated its hate speech policies.
While his suspension was still in effect, former Fox host Megyn Kelly hosted Crowder on her show, which also airs on YouTube. During the interview, Crowder continued to spew anti-trans hate speech, including mocking trans parents as “one stop short of Buffalo Bill.”
For her part, Kelly told her audience that though she was unable to confirm Crowder’s allegations of pregnancies in California prisons, “none of this needs to be confirmed because we do have, and you posted this, several actually confirmed cases in the past of trans individuals hurting other people via sexual assault or rape.”
Crowder’s show has long been a source for vile bigotry, hate speech, bullying, and misinformation, and YouTube has policies against all. At Fox, Kelly hosted an anti-LGBTQ hate group and repeatedly mocked and dismissed transgender people. You can find more about the group “Women's Liberation Front” and its ties to far-right groups here and here.