YouTube Bans Cross Love – Episode 1 Video Review Even Though It Didn’t Feature Any Nudity, Sex
Cross Love Episode 1

While some YouTubers worry about being demonetized by YouTube, other YouTubers have to worry about their channels being completely nuked for somehow violating the terms without actually violating the terms. The owner of the YouTube channel Robo Space Kitty ran into this problem recently, when YouTube decided to delete a video review of Top Hat Studios’ Cross Love – Episode 1… even though the video review was four months old.

The video was originally uploaded by Robo Space Kitty back on December 18th, 2018. YouTube deleted the video on March 12th, 2019. Robo Space Kitty explained via e-mail…

“ The video mentioned various details about the game, I was very clear in stating the characters ages, I didn’t show any sexual scenes, I kept to all Youtube’s terms and conditions yet today I’ve found my video has been removed and i think I’ve been given a warning over it all.”

It’s true, if you attempt to view the video it’s no longer available for viewing.

What’s interesting is that it says that the video was removed for violating YouTube’s terms of service but it doesn’t explain what part of the terms of service were violated, and as Robo Space Kitty mentions, YouTube didn’t send any e-mail or notification indicating what part of the terms of service were violated.

Upon request, Robo Space Kitty did provide a screenshot of their account backend where it shows the video review for Cross Love – Episode 1 being banned. All it shows is that it contains “inappropriate content”.

This is all despite the fact that the video was edited not to show any adult content and Robo Space Kitty went through the extra measure to age-gate the video. Robo Space Kitty mentioned in the e-mail…

“ The video was fine for over two months, I age restricted it, I showed no sexual scenes at all but YouTube has still banned the video as of today without a clear (or any) answer as to why.”

There was also a link to the video review over on Robo Space Kitty’s Steam community page. It gives a brief description of the game and a link out to the Top Hat Studios itch.io page, along with a link to Nutaku and Fakku. The game was banned from Steam back in December of 2018.

Now YouTube did change their rules regarding the community guidelines for outbound links; with certain sites classified as “spam” and so they’ve been removing videos and banning content that contain outbound links to certain sites.

Regardless of the reasons why the video was banned from YouTube, it has led Robo Space Kitty to fear that YouTube could target the Niplheim’s Hunter video review next…

“I’m worried now that HappyHands game i reviewed [Niplheim’s Hunter] might get banned now considering that too had difficulties getting released originally.”

What they’re referring to regarding the difficulties in getting released is that Valve had indefinitely delayed the release of Niplheim’s Hunter, and then told the developer that if they wanted the game on Steam they would have to completely censor out a character that they determined looked underage. After a spell, Valve later contacted HappyHand again and told them that they could release the game on Steam, and that the request to censor out the character was a “misunderstanding”.

YouTube has recently been cracking down heavily on channels, demonetizing them for innocuous content or outright deleting the videos.

As for Robo Space Kitty, they did pursue the option to appeal the video ban, writing…

“I had an option of appeal but I was given a single sentence to say what I wanted…no I just asked them to provide me with what term and condition it violated.

 

“I’m apparently meant to get a reply in 24 hours according to youtube but I highly doubt this seeing as how I don’t have any explanation at all as to why my video was banned in the first place.”

If YouTube decides to acknowledge the appeal or restore the video, we’ll be sure to update the story. But for now it appears as if YouTube is targeting certain kinds of games and content on the platform and banning it or demonetizing it, not unlike what Valve is doing with anime and visual novel bans on Steam.

You can still purchase Cross Love – Episode 1 from the Top Hat Studios itch.io store page.

Content creators also worried about being censored on YouTube can check out alternatives like Bitchute.com, where you can upload content without worrying about being censored.

[Update:] Youtube responded, denying the request as to what Community Guidelines was violated, Robo Space Kitty explained via e-mail…

“Thank you for submitting your video appeal to YouTube. After further review, we’ve determined that your video is in violation of our Community Guidelines. Any associated penalties will remain on your account

“when I asked what SPECIFICALLY what it was I violated I just wasn’t given an answer”

So far it’s still unclear what part of the Community Guidelines that the video violated.

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