Is It a fair policy, and is Youtube unfairly applying it's policy to remove ads from videos it deems inappropriate?
in the latest wave of YouTube de-monetization bans, many videos are removed due to inappropriate content. But is it really inappropriate?
in this example, why are videos about women anti-abuse demonetized ?https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/mar/21/youtube-google-advertising-policies-controversial-content
'I can’t trust YouTube any more': creators speak out in Google advertising rowInconsistencies behind the company’s ability to police advertising on controversial content are coming to light
The company last week pledged to change its advertising policies after several big brands pulled their budgets from YouTube following an investigation that revealed their ads were shown alongside extremist content, such as videos promoting terrorism or antisemitism.
In a related debate on DebateIsland, we debated a prior incident of Youtube de-monitizing PewDiePie channel.
PewDiePie vs WSJ re Anti-Semitic posts and Nazi imageryhttp://www.debateisland.com/discussion/490/pewdiepie-vs-wsj-re-anti-semitic-posts-and-nazi-imagery
That one in my opinion was a good move by YouTube.
YouTube explains how to monetize it's content. It sounds so easy.
To earn money from your videos:
Right there YouTube explains YouTube monetization policy, even provinding examples of what will be removed.
- Join the YouTube Partner Program
- Set up an AdSense account
- Choose the videos you want to monetize
Your video is not eligible if it contains content that you didn't create or get permission from its creator to use. You need to be able to show written permission for the following video elements:
- Audio: copyrighted sound recordings, live performances, background music, etc.
- Visuals: images, logos, software, etc.
- Any other content you don't own worldwide commercial usage rights to.
Examples of videos that are NOT eligible
- Your video contains a song you purchased for personal use (e.g., bought on iTunes or in a store) but didn't obtain a commercial license.
- You found a video on the Internet and you cannot prove that it's in the public domain.
- You are singing words of your favorite copyrighted song and there is copyrighted audio in the background, such as instrumental or karaoke tracks.
- You have used content from someone else without permission, but you haven't yet received a copyright notice on your video.
- Your video does not provide proper attribution or credits as required by a license.
If your video is not eligible, it may be removed from YouTube.
YouTube also has a help page dedicated to the YouTube monetization policyhttps://support.google.com/youtube/answer/97527?hl=en
Examples of content that may be eligible for monetization
- You filmed your cat and there is no background music.
- Your video contains royalty-free music, and you can prove commercial use rights using a direct link to its terms.
- Your friend created content for your video and states in writing that you may use and make money from it.
- You created original music yourself and are not signed to a label.
Examples of content that would NOT be eligible for monetization
- Your video has music you purchased on iTunes or content you taped off of television.
- You edit together a compilation of content created by others.
- Content with violence and/or nudity meant to shock and disgust.
This is not the first time that Youtube monetization
policy is questioned.
last year, there was another waive of bans.
YouTube De-Monetization Explained
https://medium.com/internet-creators-guild/youtube-de-monetization-explained-44464f902a22#.crg95drxxDe-Monetization began in 2012, but YouTube only began notifying creators this week. Does that make things better? Or does it make things worse?
In 2012, YouTube began de-monetizing videos based on new advertising-friendly guidelines. This was not done by people, but by an algorithm that looked at the metadata of videos and other factors to decide whether it was likely to be something an advertiser wouldn’t want to be associated with.
Over the last five years, this algorithm has regularly removed videos from the pool of advertised-upon content. The algorithm’s parameters were broadened in 2015 specifically to catch more content relating to terrorism.
I argue that Youtube monetization policy is inconsistent. Many people rely on this monetization to encourage them to produce videos. If youtube is so random in their policy, that will hurt their ecosystem as they compete with large media companies for viewers.