In response to a complaint from a user about her YouTube videos not being “advertiser friendly,” the Google-owned tech giant revealed that it will now demonetize content based on comments that it deems “inappropriate.”
“Hi there–for reference, over the past few days, we’ve taken a number of actions to better protect the YouTube community from content that endangers minor,” YouTube said on Twitter. “With regard to the actions that we’ve taken, even if your video is suitable for advertisers, inappropriate comments could result in your video receiving limited or no ads (yellow icon). Let us know if you have any questions.”
(2/2) With regard to the actions that we've taken, even if your video is suitable for advertisers, inappropriate comments could result in your video receiving limited or no ads (yellow icon). Let us know if you have any questions.
— TeamYouTube (@TeamYouTube) February 22, 2019
Obviously, what any of the hundreds of millions of YouTube users might say in a comment on a video is out of the control of the person who created the video. YouTube, which is known for its censorship of anyone politically right of Stalin, is setting another dangerous precedent.
“Great so a lynch mob can target certain channels they disagree with. No issues there! </sarcasm>” one Twitter user said in response.
Great so a lynch mob can target certain channels they disagree with. No issues there! </sarcasm>
— Brittany Rose [Like Wildfire]🔥🤘 (@Brittany_207) February 22, 2019
Some users appear poised to simply disable comments on their videos to avoid running the risk of being demonetized.
“So I guess YouTube creators should just turn off comments since they can’t control what others say in them?” said another Twitter user.
So I guess YouTube creators should just turn off comments since they can’t control what others say in them?
— Jer™️ (@jerbergmann) February 22, 2019
Turning off comments presents another problem for creators. Part of YouTube’s algorithm analyzes and prioritizes videos that attract interactions, like comments and “likes.” Disabling comments could significantly hamper the reach of YouTube creators.
Tech censorship continues to take its toll.
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President Trump’s Facebook Page is Reactivated
The account is probably still silenced, though.
President Donald Trump’s Facebook page was restored on the platform Friday evening. The page had previously been deactivated in a coordinated purge on the part of Big Tech oligarchs, with Twitter permanently suspending President Trump’s account.
It’s unclear if President Trump is allowed to post on his page. Mark Zuckerberg had announced that he intended to silence the President until after the Inauguration, claiming that allowing as such presented a risk of violence after a raucous protest outside the US Capitol.
It’s most likely that President Trump is restricted from using the page until after his presidency, an unprecedented usurpation on the part of Big Tech oligarchs. Zuckerberg reinstated the page as a faux concession to opponents of his power, claiming that he hasn’t deplatformed the President and that he’s allowed on the network.
Twitter may eventually be forced to allow President Trump’s return, faced with growing competition from free speech social media platforms Parler and Gab. CEO Jack Dorsey provided a list of weak excuses for President Trump’s permanent ban, feigning consternation over unprecedented censorship he himself is responsible for.
Jared Kushner had reportedly urged President Trump to avoid making a presence on Gab and Parler, claiming that the alt-tech platforms are “fringe” and unworthy of his presence. After a censorship campaign unprecedented in American history, many Trump supporters would describe the notoriously corrupt mainstream Silicon Valley platforms in the same terms.
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