YouTube Creators Frustrated Over Lack of Transparency in YouTube Demonetization Algorithm
YouTubers are facing an increasing wave of vague and confusing demonetization, with some demanding better transparency regarding the demonetization process.
Creators across the YouTube platform are becoming increasingly frustrated with the video platforms lack of transparency regarding its automated demonetization algorithm.
Demonetization of channels has been an ever present point of contention between YouTube and the creators operating within the constrains of the constantly updating (and often knee-jerk or reactionary) rules for monetization, specifically in relation to their YouTube Partner Program. While the most well-known instance of conflict was the ‘Adpocalypse’, the problems have continued since the 2017 incident, with 2019 alone seeing creators demonetized for “videos that seem likely to attract predatory comments” and instituted vague guidelines regarding “borderline content and content that could misinform users in harmful ways”, aka conspiracy theories. Now, users are facing an increasing wave of demonetization and are growing frustrated with the lack of reasoning behind their strikes from YouTube.
Many are confused as to why their videos were hit, claiming that their videos in no way violated the provided terms specified by the automated process. The wave effected a vast array of creators across numerous subjects, such as the UFO research channel Secureteam:
Guys, it appears that Youtube has just demonetized my entire channel. This may be the end.. Please tweet to @TeamYoutube & @Youtube asking them why they’ve done this, and to please reinstate the monetization to your favorite channel. Otherwise, this may very well be it. :(
— Secureteam (@SecureTeam10) May 23, 2019
@TeamYoutube My channel has just been demonetized for “misleading titles and/or metadata”. This makes no sense to me, as all of my titles/tags relate directly to the mysterious content in the videos. I would ask that you please reinstate my channel as this is my job and life.
— Secureteam (@SecureTeam10) May 23, 2019
Virtual YouTuber AiAngel:
Hey @teamyoutube my entire YouTube channel was demonetized and I’m pretty sure it’s because it went through a name change 4 weeks ago but has content from my old brand that’s still up. Let’s get things straight so I can keep the lights on around here thanks boo!
— AiAngel (@AiAngel13) May 29, 2019
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Pop-culture news and analysis channel Midnight’s Edge After Dark:
https://t.co/888DOQp35R This is getting old @YouTube @YTCreators You need to tell us WHY this is demonetized. We deserve explanations, this flying blind stuff is not even for the birds. How is it EVERY live cast we do is demonetized instantly? What is YouTube’s beef?
— Tom Connors (@ThomasConnorsJr) May 31, 2019
And Dragon Ball fan-channel DBS Hype:
Hey @TeamYouTube, my youtube channel just got demonetized out of the blue. I have multiple transformative videos on my channel that include my own commentary. Please RT so they can notice it
Link: https://t.co/SKfXMovQl9 pic.twitter.com/272sqxPobf
— Dragon Ball Hype. (@DbsHype) May 31, 2019
In response to the increasing wave of vague demonetizations, Geeks + Gamers owner and founder Jeremy Griggs addressed the issue in a video titled Channels Demonetized – An Open Call To ALL YouTube Content Creators, a video which Griggs created and refused to monetize as the videos intent was to spread awareness:
In the video, Griggs issues a call to arms to creators across the platform, asking them to set aside their ideological differences and come together to demand improvements to YouTube’s demonetization process:
“We as creators have to start standing together. I don’t care if you have ten subs, five hundred, five thousand, ten thousand, a hundred thousand, 500 thous, a million. All YT content creators need to stand together. We need to stop fighting with each other and we need to start having our own opinions, we need to start being strong with those opinions, and stop being intimidated because other channels have opinions that we don’t agree with. This is so much bigger than our individual opinions.”
What do you make of YouTube demonetizing a number of these popular channels? What do you make of Griggs’ call to action surrounding YouTube’s demonetization?