YouTube Restricts Right Wing Content But Leaves Porn On Site

It seems now that people are beginning to get behind YouTube and their restriction spree. Many ‘controversial’ YouTubers have claimed that their content has been put on restricted view, whilst noticing that ISIS beheadings and other vulgar content, including pornography has been kept online.

Why is this?

Many YouTubers have recently spoken up about their confusion to YouTube’s policies, even though these were listed over 4 years ago, it seems only now they are actually enforcing their rules.

YouTube is a private company, with rights to censor anybody from it’s website as it pleases. However with a company linked with so many sites we deem necessary (such as Google), perhaps YouTube does have a responsibility to tell its users what exactly is going on.

It doesn’t seem like such a surprise that conservative YouTube channels such as Alex Jones, Paul Joseph Watson, and Leafyishere were put onto restricted mode. Despite the content not being overly offensive and the internet being a colourful place, it was obvious that after Twitter’s “quality filter” fiasco, YouTube would hop onto the bandwagon.

Pewdiepie is now restricted

But what is strange, is that Pewdiepie, a predominant gaming channel, has been targeted by the YouTube police. After his “death to all jews” video which was blatantly sarcastic content, he was dropped from YouTube’s advertising platform.

According to YouTube, this content is no longer allowed to be monetised due to these being a breach of their “advertiser-friendly content guidelines”.

Apparently these are stricter than your average guidelines, where people are not to feature” controversial or sensitive subjects and events, including subjects related to war, political conflicts, natural disasters and tragedies, even if graphic imagery is not shown”.

At first I assumed that I was away from the clutches of YouTube monetisation rules or that they have turned a blind eye to me, but they caught up with my content too.

My channel was set up in early January, and despite that previous controversial videos of mine were monetised, apparently it becomes a problem after 5,000 subscribers are hit.

Perhaps this is not true, it is just a speculation. Because the “monetisation review” process is the first I have seen after this number. It seems rather dodgy.

In addition to this, the restricted content is not just a thing which links into the age of YouTubers and protecting what they see on the internet, it’s also taking away views from the YouTubers themselves. Even if it does not apply to everyone, to sign in to view the content, it still takes away a large amount of possible views. Could this be on purpose?

Is this really a problem about age, or is it a problem about politics? Even though YouTube have censored a large amount of LGBT YouTube videos and added them into the restricted mode section, the problem still stands.

The good news is, you can still create what you want and how you want, but the bad news is that YouTube will easily punish you by pulling you out of advertising and make your view counts hell.

RageAfterStorm

Alison is a conservative right wing authoritarian. Having grown up in England and lived there for 18 years, UK politics remains a large part of her life. She is now living in Basel Switzerland, but is still passionate about UKIP, and other right wing leaders such as Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump

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