Grabien founder and editor Tom Elliot “thought it was going to happen.” Elliot said the company, which provides a suite of tools for journalists and curates its own original news content, has had its YouTube channel demonetized.
Demonetization, the act of banning channels from profiting from their videos, is one of YouTube’s censorship tools used against creators. Elliot suggested he wasn’t surprised by YouTube move to demonetize by Grabien channel since the platform already had went on strike the previous month. The strike resulted from a video Grabien uploaded to his channel of former President Donald Trump speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
YouTube then “age limit” two videos shared by the Grabien channel a few days later, according to Elliot. âWe wanted to let you know that our team has reviewed your content and we don’t think it meets our community guidelines,â YouTube told Grabien, according to screenshots Elliot posted on Twitter.
YouTube’s general monetization guidelines make demonetization a Frequent occurrence, especially since content moderation practices have become even stricter due to COVID-19 and the 2020 election. The term âapocalypseâ arose out of Youtube’s aggressive demonetization of âvideos that could be problematic,â in order to prevent companies from stopping their advertising spending â, according to The edge. “By promoting videos that meet certain criteria, YouTube tilts the balance in favor of organizations or creators – large ones, for the most part – who can meet those standards,” the left-wing outlet wrote on the. impact of YouTube demonetization practices.
Elliot recognized that many small creators âdepend heavily on Google for their incomeâ. But he stressed that “Grabien’s channel doesn’t really matter” to the company’s bottom line. âIn fact, their targeting of conservative sites only validates the importance of companies like @GrabienMedia offering better and freer alternatives, âhe said.
Nonetheless, Elliot has always blasted YouTube for demonetizing his company’s channel. YouTube’s “reason given” according to Elliot, was that Grabien reused the content “without making significant value-added changes.” Elliot applauded on Twitter saying such a claim was’ false ‘because Grabien’ only posts[s] original montages and news clips from public domain news sources. If that was true, they surely would have flagged specific clips.
Grabien is not alone. YouTube has demonetized a slew of independent video makers, including: Matt Orfalea’s channel, a popular pro-gun channel called Justin Opinion, Conservative comedian and talk show host Steven Crowder and others.
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