YouTubers are not happy and are making it known. The video streaming platform has faced criticism from several of its creators after changing its moderation policy regarding profanity.
Some YouTubers got a nasty surprise recently. Some of them have noticed that some of their older videos have been demonetized for obscenity. In late November, YouTube announced that it was tightening its moderation policy regarding monetization of videos posted online.
With this new moderation rule, videos that contain profanity in the first 8 to 15 seconds are no longer eligible for ad revenue. This is an important change as this rule is also retroactive. And it is especially in this aspect that some YouTubers are seeing red.
In a 47-second video, creator ProZD strongly criticized this new rule, pointing out the limitations of these new parameters. After waiting to go beyond the first 15 seconds of his video, the YouTuber let himself go on YouTube, while respecting the clauses not to be demonetized, to show that he sees this measure as absurd and to test it: “YouTube’s The new policy for limiting ads is that if you have obscene words in the first 8-15 seconds of a video, ad revenue will be limited.
So… just wait a few seconds here… This is the dumbest piece of ‘sh** I’ve ever heard. Anyway, hello YouTube! What about all the channels you support with hateful ads on a regular basis? Did they say no-no in the first 15 seconds? I guess not.
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Then it’s fine. Thanks YouTube, you fucking asses, and I should be able to say that without getting demonetized because, one, it wasn’t in the first 8-15 seconds, and two, it’s only four swears. 150 words in total, so not the majority. What a smart policy that wasn’t created by a bunch of sleeping stupas. There, that’s the quarter if you’re counting.”
In just nine days, this ProZD video, which is followed by almost 4 million subscribers, has surpassed 2 million views.
After this video, the creator said in another video that his content was finally demonetized: “This [the video] it was about two days without any problem and after two days it was demonetized,” he explained.
“Not only does this policy affect new uploads, it can also retroactively affect old uploads. So videos that were totally fine with the monetization rules before… suddenly, no, no, you can’t make money anymore with them,” he continues.
“For a little experiment I’m just going to say ‘f*** YouTube’, just once, and I’m going to see if this video gets demonetized. Is it because YouTube doesn’t like it when I get mad at them and it gets a lot of views?” launch In five days, this new video has garnered more than 1.3 million views.
Faced with these criticisms, the video platform has decided to reconsider this moderation policy, without announcing any specific changes at the moment.
“Over the past few weeks, we’ve heard from many creators about this update,” YouTube spokesperson Michael Aciman told The Verge.
“These comments are important to us and we are in the process of making some adjustments to this policy to address your concerns. We will follow up with our creator community shortly as soon as we have more to share,” he added.
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