Want to be a successful YouTuber? Better bow down to diversity and inclusion demands and stop with your “unconscious bias.” YouTube released a video blog “Create Inclusive Videos to Reach More Viewers” via its YouTube Creators channel back in November proposing that if creators wish to be viable and successful on the platform, they need to pay up with some inclusion and diversity. The host and YouTube partner, Dr. Knatokie Ford, introduced herself as the Founder and CEO of Fly Sci Enterprise -- “an education and media consulting firm focused on leveraging the power of storytelling to promote social change.”
The liberal media is sitting up and taking notice of what conservatives are doing -- and they aren’t happy about it. The New York Times published a write-up about PragerU, a conservative video site founded by Dennis Prager, on Jan. 4, 2020.
One of the top YouTube creators, PewDiePie, warned that the site is under threat — from the very people who run it. PewDiePie addressed questions from his fans in a Dec 28 video and questioned the future of the entire platform and its relationship with its creators. “It’s not impossible but it doesn’t seem that likely that YouTube is just gonna be the top website forever” he mused. He later that the platform has alienated its creators with “anti-YouTuber” decisions that “it’s gonna take them a lot to come back to a better point with the community.”
LGBTQ Privilege? YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said the company consults with the LBGTQ community to make sure they don’t feel they are being censored. Wouldn’t it be nice if conservatives had such a seemingly favored group? Wojcicki spoke to Eugene Lee Yang of “The Try Guys” on Dec. 16 regarding YouTube’s harassment policy update and apparent efforts to appease the LGBTQ creator community’s concerns. “Every single time we make a change,” she emphasized, one of the factors measured is “the impact on a set of LGBTQ creator videos.”
Some content creators are concerned about the direction platforms are taking after recent policy change announcements. Will free speech be allowed on social media? YouTube’s Vice President and Global Head of Trust & Safety Matt Halprin released a blog on Wednesday, Dec. 11, titled “An update to our harassment policy.” Halprin proclaimed in the blog that YouTube would be taking a harder stance on “malicious insults,” “veiled threats” via simulated violence and “hate speech.”
As the hashtag “#youtubeisoverparty” trended following a YouTube policy update, Steven Crowder warned viewers and fellow creators their days on the platform may be numbered. Yesterday, YouTube’s Vice President and Global Head of Trust & Safety Matt Halprin released a policy update titled “An update to our harassment policy,” which YouTube explained will allow it to crack down on “harassment” -- all under the guise of protecting its users.
The video sharing platform and sister organization to Google may be cracking down on free speech -- this time under the guise of protecting users from “harassment.” YouTube’s Vice President and Global Head of Trust & Safety Matt Halprin released a blog on Wednesday, Dec. 11, titled “An update to our harassment policy.” As of today, YouTube’s blog announced “a series of policy and product changes that update how we tackle harassment on YouTube” from both creators and commenters. Free speech advocates may be rightly concerned with slippery terms such as “malicious insults,” “veiled threats” via simulated violence and, of course, “hate speech.”
Dave Rubin has launched two platforms on the same day, which he believes could solve the free speech and censorship problem online. In a Dec. 4 livestream, the host of the Rubin Report Dave Rubin described two platforms he created, Locals.com and the Rubin Report app, which have gone public today. Rubin said that he created the platforms to help solve the “massive problems with Big Tech” that we all know exist, including things like deplatforming, algorithmic suppression and shadow banning. Locals.com, he said, will be where creators, as long as they are not engaging in illegal activity, will be able to establish online communities and be fundraised by their fans. “You’re going to set your rules, whatever rules you want for your community,” he said.
YouTube defines itself as an “open video platform,” where videos that don’t break the rules are free to flourish. But a new blog from the company contradicts its own statement. “The Fours Rs of Responsibility, Part 2” detailed the 30 changes YouTube made to its algorithms in the last year in order to promote what it labelled “authoritative news” and to demote “borderline content.”
The other day, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki subjected herself to a hard-hitting interview with Lesley Stahl on CBS's 60 Minutes. Stahl lectured her for allowing “harmful” or “hurtful” speech to be posted on her platform, without any fact-checking. Welcome to the latest demonstration of the traditional “news” media mercilessly pounding away at social media for having the audacity to allow dissenting information that undermines their expert narratives and authority.
YouTube took down more than 300 ads from President Donald Trump’s election campaign in what is only the latest example of the company fighting with the right. CBS News reportedly “found that over 300 video ads were taken down by Google and YouTube, mostly over the summer, for violating company policy. But the archive doesn't detail what policy was violated.”
“60 Minutes” correspondent Lesley Stahl visited YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California to have a scorching interview with YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki over free speech controversies online. Stahl opened the episode by saying that the internet’s biggest video platform has “come under increasing scrutiny, accused of propagating white supremacy, peddling conspiracy theories, and profiting from it all,” setting the tone for an intense interview.