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Why is #YouTubeIsOver trending on Twitter?

Published: 12/Dec/2019 17:23

by Scott Robertson

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Recent changes to YouTube’s platform regarding content geared towards children and videos marked by YouTube as ‘harassment’ have caused users on Twitter to get #YouTubeIsOver trending. But is this really the end for the video juggernaut?

It’s a notion that’s circulated around the internet before: that YouTube is dying/dead and that this one thing they’ve done now is what will get people to finally switch platforms en masse. 

This time around, people online really, truly believe that it might actually happen, but why? Why is YouTube “over”?

What’s caused the #YouTubeIsOver trend?

The declarations that the Google-run video platform is nearing its end times stem from two recent changes that have to do with the push to make the service more kid-friendly.

First were the changes caused by the new COPPA regulations from back in November, which set that machine-learning will determine what videos and channels are to be determined as child-friendly. One of the most influential YouTubers in Felix ‘Pewdiepie’ Kjellberg was livid at the idea of being sued or having his content automatically flagged because of the new rules set to start in 2020.

But a new policy from YouTube that supposedly cracks down on online harassment is apparently going too far, as many users allege that the policy on harassment is also taking down videos where YouTubers are criticizing or calling out other YouTubers.

YouTube: PewDiePiePewDiePie has been very critical of the new YouTube guidelines.

What does the new policy mean?

Officially, YouTube announced the changes on Wednesday, December 11 in a post titled “An update to our harassment policy.” 

The post outlines that YouTube is expanding their policies to take a stronger stance towards “veiled or implied threats,” “content that maliciously insults someone based on protected attributes,” and repeated behavior that doesn’t necessarily cross the policy line.

Several prominent YouTubers are already noticing the effects of the new policy, alleging that other YouTubers might be using this policy to get videos critical of them flagged as “harassment.”

Ian ‘iDubbbz’ Carter posted on his Twitter that his Content Cop video regarding YouTuber LeafyIsHere was removed on December 11 for violating guidelines. 

Host of DramaAlert, Daniel ‘KEEMSTAR’ Keem has been very vocal about the new changes, even alleging that Ethan ‘H3H3’ Klein got the CEO of YouTube to remove a Gokanaru video that was critical of him. KEEM is also worried that his videos could be “misunderstood as harassment,” and that his career might be in danger.

YouTube Gokanaru, who made the video about H3H3 that was removed on the same day as the new policies, described them as painting “with a broad brush to ensure full coverage.”

What happens next?

Many fans online are calling for prominent YouTubers to finally break free and move to a new platform, but like every other time fans have called for a mass exodus, it’s halted by the notion that there is no viable alternative. 

The same suggestions like Twitch and Vimeo pop up, but prominent YouTubers who have built a career on that website aren’t going to gamble that to switch platforms. Unlike in streaming, where sites like Mixer can offer financial safety in the form of a contract that ensures money despite a drop in views, other video sites can’t or won’t offer the same thing to YouTubers.

However, if more popular videos critical of other YouTubers are removed using the new harassment policies, then that coupled with the new COPPA regulations in 2020 might cause resentment toward YouTube to hit an all-time high, leaving a new platform the opportunity to come in and really change things up.

Call of Duty

Dr Disrespect calls out Activision & Warzone tourney admins for hacker drama

Published: 23/Jan/2021 0:41

by Theo Salaun

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Following scandal over a disqualified cheater in a Warzone tournament, Dr Disrespect is calling out Activision’s lack of an anti-cheat and Twitch Rivals’ lack of a formal process for investigating hacks.

In hours of drama that rocked the competitive Call of Duty: Warzone community, a smaller streamer, ‘Metzy_B,’ was accused of cheating during the $250K Twitch Rivals Doritos Bowl tournament. Prior to the final match of the event, his team was disqualified by tournament admins and stripped of any chance at tournament earnings.

Twitch Rivals have remained relatively quiet on the issue, practically ignoring it during the broadcast and offering up a minimally worded explanation over Twitter. In their explanation, the admins simply explained that Metzy “was ruled to be cheating” and subsequently “removed from the event.”

With that lack of transparency, rumors and accusations flew. Former Call of Duty League pro, one of the highest Warzone earners currently, Thomas ‘Tommey’ Trewren spent hours interrogating the accused and having a friend take control of Metzy’s PC to dive through his logs for any proof of hacks. This all leads to Dr Disrespect asserting that, with or without an Activision anti-cheat, tournament organizers need to do better.

As shared by ‘WickedGoodGames,’ the Two-Time has a clear perspective on this issue. If the developers can’t institute an effective anti-cheat, then every single tournament must “define a process in finding out if he is [cheating] or not … obviously outside of the whole Call of Duty not having an anti-cheat kind of software built in.”

The drama was obviously divisive, as most participants in the tournament believed Metzy (and others) to be cheating, while others weren’t so sure. With no one knowing precisely how Twitch handled the situation, the community was left to investigate themselves.

As Dr Disrespect has heard, the “purple snakes” disqualified Metzy based on “a couple suspicious clips” and without asking to check his computer. This is echoed by the accused himself, who has since commended Tommey for trying to figure out what the admins had failed to.

That account goes directly against others, as fellow competitor BobbyPoff reacted by alleging that Metzy was, in fact, originally reluctant to display his task manager logs.

While the truth may be impossible to find at this point, as Twitch Rivals have given no explanation of their process and any number of files could have been deleted by the time Tommey got access, Dr Disrespect’s point is proven by the drama.

If Activision can’t deliver a functioning anti-cheat and tournament organizers don’t have a strict, transparent policy for hackers — then community infighting over a “grey area” is unavoidable.