Popular YouTuber Phillip DeFranco has reported YouTube stripping the monetization of his videos featuring topics YouTube finds upsetting or features profanity.
As the 4.5 million subcribed Youtubers said on twitter:
“Seems like @Youtube will be stripping most of my advertising from now on. Oh well. I’m not going to censor myself. Don’t worry though. I built the show and secondary $$$ sources for this exact reason. You never know when your platform will turn on you.”
Phillip went on to announce that 12 of his videos were flagged by this new policy. The videos in question all had to do with topics YouTube considered “controversial” and thus not advertiser friendly. This truly hurts DeFranco’s news based channel. He is not the only one as more Youtubers announce videos being flagged under these new terms.
This move by YouTube is likely being done to combat what some consider a growing problem of harassment and bullying on the platform. The accusations go so far as to claim entire channels have been built on starting “YouTube Drama” and fights with other channels.
The new terms in regards to profanity and unsavory topics on the YouTube Help Page:
Content that is considered “not advertiser-friendly” includes, but is not limited to:
• Sexually suggestive content, including partial nudity and sexual humor
• Violence, including display of serious injury and events related to violent extremism
• Inappropriate language, including harassment, profanity and vulgar language
• Promotion of drugs and regulated substances, including selling, use and abuse of such items
• Controversial or sensitive subjects and events, including subjects related to war, political conflicts, natural disasters and tragedies, even if graphic imagery is not shown
With these new terms many popular and long running channels are under threat and creators are coming together to say YouTube is censoring them. But with Youtube being a creative platform owned by a company, it’s users are bound to it’s terms of service, no matter what misgivings they perceive.