Youtubers Accuse YouTube of Censorship by Monetization
Tens of youtubers criticized the Google platform, which deprives them of advertising revenue on some videos foul language or sexual content or subject to controversy, some accusing the US giant of censorship.
“Some of my videos will not be monetised on YouTube, because I speak rudely” , complained the US youtuber Philip DeFranco in a video viewed over 3 million times since Tuesday, denouncing “a form of censorship ” .
In particular, any content “with inappropriate language” , “sexual nature” , or “on topics and controversial or sensitive events such as war, political conflict, natural disaster or a tragedy” . Less than 1% of content produced by these video makers would be affected, according to Youtube.
Also in France
The platform did not change these conditions, but recently clarified the system that prevents videographers if one of their videos is not monetised, said on Friday a YouTube spokesman told AFP. The procedure that allows them to appeal has also been simplified.
The French youtuber Doc Seven (1.1 million subscribers) was surprised on Thursday on Twitter to see one of her private video monetisation because she spoke of the Gulf War. After appeal to YouTube, the video has regained its normal status.
“YouTube has apparently become a controlled space where all political connection, or controversial topics that might upset people, are denounced” , regretted the American duo ETC in a video posted on YouTube before seeing all re-monetised videos.
“Youtube is approaching more and more the model of television. This kind of censorship is going to hurt some, ” concluded the young French youtuber Farod in a video released Thursday.
More than three million Europeans had incomes on their videos end 2015, according to the platform.