YouTube Censorship: What Happens When Internet Videos Get Blocked

There is a continuous Internet outrage against YouTube and the odds are not in the latter’s favor. YouTube is the third largest website in the world with millions of viewers accessing the site in a daily basis. It is not just a source of videos and online viewing. The site is also one of the major search engines where Internet users look for products, services, and anything under the sun. The recent controversy that highlighted YouTube censorship seems to rock the boat for the online behemoth. Is it really the end of the line for YouTube after this?

 Started the YouTube Controversy?

The video giant website has a long-standing policy against certain videos that violate YouTube terms and conditions. The controversy started out of the confusion of most members particularly regarding regulations to disable ads on videos. This previously resulted to more complaints from advertisers. The site also has the authority to disable videos that contain bad language, drug use, sexually suggestive and violent contents.

In the previous years, YouTube practices hiding demonetization notifications to video owners through directing them to the video analytics dashboard. This practice means that some video creators are not even aware that such notifications exist. Most of them never saw the notification. However, the tides changed when YouTube began sending notifications via emails, alerting video owners directly on their video pages.

 

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Famous YouTube Users Take a Stand

The Internet world witnessed the spark of the controversy against video giant YouTube as more and more account owners vent out their grievances online. The likes of Melanie Murphy, Luke Cutforth, MrRepzion, Rob Dyke, and Philip DeFranco were caught by surprise. Others that were affected also posted tweets and videos online, accusing YouTube of wrongful censorship. The bigger argument that seems to have a heavier weight on the issue is the threat on their livelihood. Affected video bloggers reiterated that without their trending videos, YouTube would have no contents in the first place.

Internet Censorship or Transparency

In the most ironic twist, YouTube claims that the ongoing efforts are part of their plan to impose more transparency among their members and creators. Moreover, sending off notifications is geared towards facilitating an easy appeal of members to bad blacklisting issues against them. In fact, the process is now more convenient compared to what is used before where it is hard to find and navigate blacklisted videos. Users can now easily check their box for the video with the corresponding label for review.

The Internet Warfare Continues…

Despite YouTube’s explanation, there are still many members that raise their valid concerns regarding the “advertiser-friendly” criterion used to classify videos. Moreover, YouTube also demonetizes certain videos with controversial or sensitive events and subject matters. Other videos that may be flagged include those with contents of political conflicts, war, tragedies, and natural disasters.