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YouTube is hiring specialists to talk to conservative and progressive video makers

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  • YouTube posted job listings seeking "Strategic Partner Managers" for both progressive and conservative political publishers.
  • YouTube has been accused of censorship by stakeholders on both sides of the political spectrum.
Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube.
Michael Newberg | CNBC

YouTube is seeking managers to maintain relationships with conservative and progressive political publishers.

The Google-owned company posted two job listings on its careers page three days ago for "Strategic Partner Manager" — one for conservative political publishers and one for progressive ones. It's unclear how many new hires YouTube is seeking for each role or whether the jobs had been previously posted.

"One of the ways we work with top creators is by connecting them with a YouTube Partner Manager," a YouTube spokesperson said in a statement to CNBC. "We have experts for many of our content categories and are growing the partnerships team that works specifically with news creators — for both conservative and progressive news outlets."

Both job descriptions say the role will include initiating and managing partnerships with political publishers and "working to drive adoption and deeper understanding of YouTube."

"At YouTube, we believe that everyone deserves to have a voice, and that the world is a better place when we listen, share, and build community through our stories," the descriptions say.

The hiring search comes as YouTube faces increasing criticism from both sides of the political spectrum when it comes to how it moderates political content on its platform.

Earlier this week, LGBTQ YouTube creators filed a class-action complaint against the company claiming it discriminated against them by restricting their content and revenue opportunities and favoring content from right-wing stars. Meanwhile, conservative politicians such as Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and President Donald Trump have accused YouTube's parent company of censoring conservative voices, although they provided no evidence of such censorship.

Google has said it does not censor political speech that doesn't violate its policies.

YouTube came under fire for its handling of harassment against LGBTQ creators when Vox journalist Carlos Maza spoke out about harassment he experienced at the hands of a conservative YouTube host named Steven Crowder. Maza tweeted a compilation of Crowder's attacks on his race and sexuality in May, setting off calls for YouTube to address the harassment.

YouTube appeared to flip-flop on its approach but is now working on a "creator-on-creator harassment" policy, its head of product, Neal Mohan, said at an event in July, according to The Verge.

For the strategic partner manager jobs, YouTube is seeking candidates with six years of relevant work experience in politics or conservative or progressive media. It says the ideal candidate should be "comfortable advising partners on YouTube channel development strategies and representing the political publisher landscape within the organization, ensuring we provide the right products and services to support our partners in reaching their goals."

On LinkedIn, YouTube posted each job in at least two site locations, including one in Washington, D.C., and one in California, but notes in each listing that the role may also be located at a third site, in Playa Vista, California.

Correction: This article has been revised to correct the spelling of Neal Mohan's name.

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