35 Minutes on YouTube Demonetization…


Date: November 05, 2017

01) 35 Minutes on YouTube Demonetization


“Even with 35 minutes I feel like I didn’t do a great job discussing this issue, which is maybe part of the problem. There isn’t a simple solution, but an important part of moving forward is that platforms need to be aware that making advertisers happy and making creators happy are not always the same things.

And since advertisers are having no problems exercising their leverage against YouTube, creators need to do the same. We need features for us, and we need to keep YouTube from being a bland place full of well-dressed, friendly white guys tousling Donald Trump’s hair.”

Hmmm…

I think YouTube’s “revenue sharing” program grew into something of a monster, largely because they only seriously vetted the people eligible for the first few years.

I remember some of the “second wave” people climbing aboard, who sometimes talked about the money they got paid for their videos…and some of these cases really astonished me.

I wont name names, but some of these people could be accurately described as abusive internet trolls…some made and implied violent threats towards other people…and YouTube was giving them a paycheck for producing this kind of content…

…YouTube has ended up creating this video cottage industry…where malicious, antisocial behavior is a marketable commodity…There have been people who’ve taken their sociopathic tendencies…and made “a job” [or “a livelihood”] out of it…

Today…we have this generation that’s grown up, thinking that making YouTube videos is a viable career path…

…And some of them emulate the established YouTube sociopaths.

I do look at these things going on with YouTube with some interest, in how it’s impacting that segment of “YouTube creators”.

The thing about these sorts, who smear, taunt, shame and menace others in their videos…is that this is a form of behavior, which falls way outside of entertainment, education, or anything that might be reasonably defined as beneficial…

…I’ve been asking the question for years…why are brazen sociopaths, allowed to use YouTube’s platform to smear, bully and terrorize people, while YouTube rewards them with money for it?

…This has always been the primary thing that’s struck me, as the huge elephant in the room.

You’d think YouTube would have been embarrassed and ashamed of itself for that, alone…But, they turned a blind eye and let it go on…

…Eventually, the sociopaths who band together and murder people caught onto what was going on, and figured they could pad their pockets a bit more by exploiting the same situation.

It took a less than honest news organization with a large audience, to force YouTube to do something about this years running cancer.

Now a lot of people are complaining, because that sort of thing has been the norm on YouTube…and they imagine it’s “their right”…

In my opinion…YouTube needs conduct standards that actually mean something…and they need to actually enforce them.

…not target certain social groups, for censorship and specialized interference…but hold every single person using YouTube, to the exact same standards of conduct…stop playing favorites, or turning a blind eye to so called “good vigilantes”…or even just the people who put themselves over as “virtuous truth tellers”, when a little bit of research will expose them for the vicious, lie spreading malcontents they are.

Does YouTube want to clean up it’s platform?…I guess we shall see.

The first step…is getting the bias and bigotry out of YouTube’s own administration and leadership.

3 thoughts on “35 Minutes on YouTube Demonetization…

  1. Tubed By You(Tube)

    I still feel that the idea of social media platforms is a dead end. I think conservatives and kind people are fooling themselves if they think that YouTube can be changed, or that other platforms will save them. There is financial incentive to enforce bias. And there are legal requirements to enforce bias. Once an entity demonstrates an ability to control what content is carried on their platform (e.g. see CloudFlare) it will be impossible for them not to use that power in a variety of ways. And when bystanders witness censorship in action, some always want a piece of that action (myself included… I would censor a LOT of people and I would enjoy it). We will never reach a point of having no bias. How would we even know? I remind you that the gay community imagines itself the “last” persecuted minority. They don’t consider what happens to kinds and kind content as oppression and censorship any more than what the public 60 years ago thought about what they did to gay people and gay content.

    Keep in mind that there’s nothing particularly special about what YouTube does. It’s basically just a directory that copies video files to your computer. You can do that with FTP. As speeds continue to increase, the need for “streaming” continues to decrease. When it is as easy to copy a video file as it is to copy this text comment, YouTube vanishes. So, if you live in the not-too-distant future (I recommend doing this regularly) YouTube is already dead. It’s inevitable. As for compensating people who provide data storage, and people who create content, I’m sure one or more of the emerging digital currencies will enable that.

    We need a return to the days of internet freedom, when people hosted their own content, without interference from third party scum. This, in turn, requires anonymity to protect from hostile governments, vigilantes, and so on. And I think we’re there already. The missing piece is ease-of-use. It should be possible for any dissenting voice to download a secure blogging system, and get heard, to whatever degree of safety or risk they are willing to accept.

    And I think that must include the bullies. One person’s bully is another person’s civil rights activist. I think that anything that is communication, entirely reducible to zeroes and ones, must be permitted, no matter the consequence. If people choose to take action in the real world, then responsibility must fall on them. This is the “I was just following orders” concept more broadly applied.

    What really disturbs me about the censorship culture that has emerged over the last few years is that for the first time we were finally getting to see what people were REALLY talking about. Some people found that terrifying and threatening. Others found it liberating. But why would anyone have thought that communication shouldn’t involve conflict? Even people like Bill Maher pretend to be for free speech, but only couched in terms of it being a tool with which to humiliate and convert their opponents (a combination unlikely to work). That’s just not realistic as a primary goal. The primary goal should be that people get to be heard, no matter what. We get an understand of what people are talking about, and people get to feel like they are participating in their communities’ discussions. What we choose to do after that achievement, and without risking it, is a separate thing,

    We (and I mean everyone, not just kind people) are in terribly dangerous times right now, regarding communication, whether it’s about mob justice, or un-personing, or the increasing impossibility of determining what is true. But if the true thing can’t even be STATED, we’re blocked off from progress. So I must stand for everyone’s speech, even if they hate me. Because that is the only way to protect my ability to speak truth to power.

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    1. eqfoundation Post author

      Thank you!

      I agree totally…even if some things I expressed in the post, maybe made it seem like I might not…

      A lot of times, I think of the behavior of these kinds of services…and I judge them according to their consistency [or lack of it]…Which is what I was leaning more into, with this post.

      Allegedly, YouTube is so concerned with stopping this kind of thing…but, it’s honestly rampant on the platform…and they’ve a history of not caring that people got paid for it…hence, creating this sort of noxious situation, they’re now trying to get rid of.

      “We need a return to the days of internet freedom, when people hosted their own content, without interference from third party scum.”

      I totally agree…If I had the spare money, I’d have my own website again…instead of using “free” services…I’d love to be able to host all of my own media…keep it simple, and in one place…I’m tired of juggling all the different accounts, and the “patch work” aspect of keeping things afloat…safeguarded…not “all eggs in one basket”…

      “What really disturbs me about the censorship culture that has emerged over the last few years is that for the first time we were finally getting to see what people were REALLY talking about. Some people found that terrifying and threatening. Others found it liberating.”

      Tell me about it…

      What the world needs right now, is the openness, and the constructive dialogue that comes out of it.

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    2. eqfoundation Post author

      Wanted to say at least one other thing, but had to leave for a while…

      “I still feel that the idea of social media platforms is a dead end. I think conservatives and kind people are fooling themselves if they think that YouTube can be changed, or that other platforms will save them.”

      Personally…I see MAP media as being more for the MAP community, as a moral booster, and to help underscore our humanity, more than anything else.

      I don’t believe it’s important that we end up anywhere specific…just some place stable.

      Why shouldn’t we have a lively, creative presence online, after all?

      I do hold the position, however…that if sites like YouTube allow others to talk about us [be it trash talking accusations, or inquisitive, open and honest], they are being derelict in their responsibility, if they don’t allow us a space to respond.

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