YouTube’s machine learning algorithm that searches out keywords, descriptions, titles, images, and comments in order to decide if a channel needs to be added to YouTube’s growing demonetization blacklist has put a few more targets in its sights, including Lazy Game Reviews, a channel dedicated to Rim World, and former presidential candidate and constitutionalist, Ron Paul.
Lazy Game Reviews informed gamers and their followers about being added to the blacklist, where majority of the videos have been demonetized.
Well it’s finally happened, many LGR videos are being removed by YouTube’s ad system
— Lazy Game Reviews (@lazygamereviews) August 17, 2017
The channel is now opting to rely on Patreon donations in order to continue to operate, since they won’t be able to rely on income from ad revenue.
For those of you unfamiliar with the channel, you can check out the Lazy Game Reviews videos to scope out some of the content, which includes guides on how to restore old computer hardware, reviewing various new and old video games, and unboxing classic hardware, as indicated in the video below.
Even notably large outlets such as Philip DeFranco has suffered from manual demonetization, where actual YouTube staff have physically demonetized his videos, showing that even if content escapes the purview of YouTube’s AI, there are staffers on hand to demonetize content that runs afoul of their new advertising standards.
Kotaku in Action took note that the Valve News Network also managed to make the list following their posting of the Half-Life 2: Episode 3 leaks.
One YouTuber who focuses on Rimworld content pointed out that even though his videos are being demonetized – and all his content is now automatically demonetized an hour after he uploads the video – regardless of the content in the video, YouTube will still run some ads on his content. Thus, YouTube is still making money on his content but he isn’t. You can check out the video below from Barky.
If you don’t have time to watch the whole thing, Barky explains…
“So I’ve had every single video – every single one – demonetized.” […]
“Youtube and Google at large are a company that make money off of ads. If you have your own YouTube channel, I urge you to take a look at your analytics and compare those videos without ads to those with them. YouTube does not suggest videos that are not monetized the same as they do with demonetized ones. In fact, [for some] videos I’ve seen a drop of almost 70% of suggested watchings. So yes, YouTube is absolutely trying to strangle my channel”
One of the more high profile accounts that were added to YouTube’s demonetization blacklist was former presidential candidate, Ron Paul. In a video by The Common Sense Show, he talks about how Ron Paul has been added to YouTube’s list.
This was first picked up by Julian Assange of Wikileaks fame, who tweeted out a list of Ron Paul’s videos that are now all added to YouTube’s blacklist for Paul’s comments on U.S., policy regarding the occupation of Afghanistan.
— Julian Assange 🔹 (@JulianAssange) August 26, 2017
As the blacklist grows, many viewers and content creators have been asking for an alternative. So far people have been suggesting Minds.com and Vid.me, but they’ve yet to hit mainstream awareness in order to spur a mass exodus from YouTube.