Youtube’s terms of service update is every social justice warrior’s wet dream

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YouTube just updated their terms of service, and there’s no telling what bad news may come from it. In the new “Advertiser-Friendly content guideline“, the video sharing site enumerates new rules and guideline that are set to take effect immediately (You automatically agree to these guideline when you create a channel on YouTube). The page describes what is meant by Advertiser Friendly content:

“Advertiser-friendly content is content that’s appropriate for all audiences. It has little to no inappropriate or mature content in the video stream, thumbnail, or metadata (such as in the video title). If the video does contain inappropriate content, the context is usually newsworthy or comedic and the creator’s intent is to inform or entertain (not offend or shock)”

The page goes on to list some content that may be considered inappropriate for advertising. Most of them are vague, arbitrary and could easily be abused:

“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”

Here’s the penalty that YouTube hands out if you are found guilty of any of these:

“If any of the above describes any portion of your video, then the video may not be approved for monetization. If monetization is approved, your video may not be eligible for all available ad formats. YouTube reserves the right to not monetize a video, as well as suspend monetization features on channels that repeatedly submit videos violating our policies.”

YouTuber Philip DeFranco has already been hit at least 12 times in the past 24 hours alone:

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YouTuber MrRepzion had at least 40 of his videos affected by this(So far):rep 1

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Another YouTuber, Idubbbz, was also hit:

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These are just a few of the Youtubers who have already begun to lose revenue on channels that they have spent years building. Pretty much every channel with even remotely controversial view points is getting their videos flagged for inappropriate content.

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