YouTuber Daniel ‘KEEMSTAR’ Keem, best known as the host of DramaAlert, has hit out at YouTube for deleting over 50 million videos in an effort to ‘clean up’ the site.
YouTube has been in some hot water over the tail end of 2018, with users and creators angry at supposed video censorship and of course the much hated YouTube Rewind video.
Earlier, KEEMSTAR called out the website for deleting a channel which uploaded a video of a suffragette being fed to a crocodile in Red Dead Redemption 2, and he is once again taking a stance against YouTube’s policies.
Highlighting an article from Reuters, which reports that 58 million videos and 224 million comments were taken down for violating policy, KEEMSTAR suggested that not all of these videos actually breach any rules.
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“It’s becoming clear that if you make any content that embarrasses YouTube, that makes YouTube look bad – you’re gone!” KEEMSTAR states, continuing, “a lot of these people, I don’t [they] are actually breaking the rules, but their content is ‘distasteful’.”
On the other hand, Keem does highlight that the removal of such content will be good for creators with more regular and accepted content, as advertizing deals and revenue will increase as more advertizers view YouTube more favorably.
YouTube has taken down over 58,000,000 videos! pic.twitter.com/VNpx1OK4rq
— KEEM (@KEEMSTAR) December 18, 2018
However, it leaves many creators in limbo when the rules are not enforced evenly, and videos that don’t technically breach the rules are removed, sometimes resulting in channel terminations too.
YouTubers will need to become ever more cautious with what content they upload, which could (some argue already has) lead to a sanitization of YouTube content, focusing on being advertizer friendly rather than being entertaining.