YouTube gaming channels with bad comments could have ads removed
YouTube, once known as the bastion for free video sharing on the internet, is under fire once again for implementing a new policy that could potentially destroy the relationship between the content creators and their fans.
When Jessica Ballinger (The Ballinger Family on YouTube) noticed that her videos were potentially getting little to no ads, she reacted on Twitter with the following:
To which YouTube replied:
It is understandable that the site is taking every step and measure in order to delete hateful comments and destroy comments that are preying on children in order to make the platform safer. As a result, YouTube has disabled comments on millions of videos and deleted over 400 channels that featured inappropriate content, according to Philip DeFranco.
While YouTube has every right to protect its platform, gaming channels could get caught in the crossfire as well. One of the main tenets of the new policy is that “inappropriate comments” could result in a video receiving little to no ads. But that begs the question; what constitutes an “inappropriate comment” in the eyes of an algorithm?
Gaming channels often rely on the site as the main source of income and often communicate with their fans in the comment section. However, if there isn’t a clear definition of what an “inappropriate comment” is, said channels might be forced to disable the comment section in order to keep their livelihood safe, especially when playing M-rated games (Editor’s note: Plus there are hate mobs that can weaponize bad comments to deplatform others)
Although the newest policy is attempting to curb the amount of hate and predatory comments on the site in order to keep the site advertiser-friendly, it will interesting to see how YouTube will respond to the scores of complaints that will surely arise from disgruntled content creators once the policy gets abused.Read more