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YouTube issues statement on verifications following community backlash

Published: 19/Sep/2019 23:07 Updated: 20/Sep/2019 2:39

by Brent Koepp


YouTube has issued a statement to clarify on their decision to change how verification works on the video platform following community backlash.

On September 19, YouTube announced on Twitter that it would be changing the criteria for verification eligibility, and sent out a mass email to creators warning them that they could be stripped of their badge.

People were not happy with the change and feared for their future careers on the platform, sparking widespread debate and backlash across the internet. The video service has since issued a statement.

YouTube clarified on its verification policy

Later in the day on September 19, YouTube spoke out again from its Twitter account, this time to publish further clarification on its policy change.

“No one lost a verification badge today,” it said, before stating that anyone affected by the email can appeal it. “If you received an email that your channel will no longer be verified, this was just an advanced notice & you can appeal.”

The video service then followed up with another tweet, and stated that every creator is an important part of its platform – verification badge or not.

“We’re making this change to help everyone determine whether a channel is the official YouTube presence of the creator they’re looking for,” it said. “Please know that badge or no badge, you’re an important part of YouTube.”

People were not happy

Like the first time the platform posted about its policy change, people flooded the replies with messages of criticism and backlash, unhappy even after clarity was brought to the situation.

“You’re telling us this on a platform where those same “important” YouTubers are telling you it’s going against their wishes.” AntDude, a video game YouTuber with 350k subscribers, said. “But yo, thanks for looking out.”

Another prominent gaming personality, HiddenXperia, was mad about the change, and stated that the platform’s decision sounds ridiculous.

“To help people determine if a channel is a creator’s ‘official presence’, you’re removing thousands if not tens of thousands of creator’s verification badges?” he said, before continuing. “You see how stupid that sounds, right?”

YouTube’s verification eligibility policy is due to go into effect in late October, and will affect content creators of all calibres.

An appeal process will be set in place, but it’s unclear at the time of writing what exactly that will entail.


Noah Beck & Griffin Johnson under fire for “cancel culture” comments

Published: 28/Oct/2020 19:03

by Dexerto


TikTok stars Noah Beck and Griffin Johnson are taking heat from critics due to their divisive comments on “cancel culture,” as told during an episode of Johnson’s “Sway Way” podcast.

Also known as “call-out culture,” the term “cancel culture” has become a popular phrase in the past few years as social media has flourished, allowing users to highlight abuse, bad behavior, or other negative actions from people online.

When these bad behaviors are brought to light, the person responsible is usually called out, boycotted and ostracized, causing them to be publicly shamed and often ousted from their professional and social circles due to the resulting backlash.

“Cancel culture” itself is a divisive term, with many believing that it outright doesn’t exist, as those being “canceled” deserve to be called out for their actions and that those who are “canceled” are never truly brought to justice from the outrage.


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Still, others feel that “cancel culture” is going too far and is resulting in a toxic online environment — but either way, people are no longer willing to abide bad behavior from anyone, and social media has given users a platform to speak up against things they consider to be unjust.

TikTokers and Sway House members Griffin Johnson and Noah Beck recently spoke out on the social phenomenon during an episode of the Sway Way podcast — and their thoughts on the subject have sparked quite a bit of backlash against them.

“People are getting canceled for things that were totally acceptable,” Beck said. “I don’t want to say that people have gotten really sensitive, but at the same time, they have, and it’s like… there were some things that were acceptable back then that people could say, now it comes back on them five, 10 years later.”


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“I mean, I’ve done some things in my past where they come off as controversial today, but they weren’t that deep,” Beck continued, referencing his own controversial history on social media. “I can see why people think it’s a big deal now, but it’s like… I never thought I would have this platform. I never thought I would have this stage. I was growing up just playing soccer. I liked a few tweets, but I didn’t think anything of it at the time.”


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Needless to say, both Beck and Johnson have received a substantial amount of criticism from listeners, with one user writing: “He really said that he never thought he would have gotten famous… so if you’re not famous, you can be homophobic and it’s not a big deal?”

Both boys have yet to speak out on the outrage, which only continues to grow in wake of their already storied history of sparking division among TikTok viewers.