Internet censorship – YouTube
As the Internet becomes more and more commonly used by the public, almost everyone nowadays is available to reach the information all over the world. This is very convenient to most of us. However at the same time, there are a lot of different kinds of information was uploaded and shared on the internet, but not all of those are suitable for all kinds of people to visit. Hence Internet censorship exists.
Internet censorship limits what information can be published or viewed on the Internet and what cannot. Governments and other organizations often use Internet censorship to block access to copyright information and harmful or sensitive content. At first, it was used only by the Internet community rather than governments or official organizations in order not to get the government to obstruct freedom of speech. It was only used to protect some people out of some information that is harmful to them. But that line of what is harmful and what is not is sometimes very blurry and hard to define.
Well, there is a very popular website that most of the people like to visit. It is called YouTube. It is considered to be a place where everyone is equal. Everyone can watch the other’s videos and upload their own videos. Even the website itself stated that “Our mission is to give everyone a voice and to show them the world. We believe that everyone deserves to have a voice, and that the world is a better place when we listen, share and build a community through our stories.” But is that really what they do?
In about half a year, Youtube has announced that they are demonetizing videos from small channels, Which means that any of the videos they post will not be able to get advertisement and therefore will not have profit(Pringle2016). Also, the video will not be seen by the viewers who are on restricted mode, which is supposed to only filter the videos that have inappropriate content. It is very unfair to those creators as it makes their videos even harder to be seen by the public and also harder for the creators to build up their channels.
Demonetizing videos are supposed to be good for the viewers and the advertisers, where it can protect young viewers from seeing something they should not see and protect the advertisers that their products will not be promoted together with some inappropriate content. Demonetizing videos from small channels are not helping but also taking away the chance of the new creators to be seen by the viewers when their videos are not inappropriate for anything.
There are already records of youtube blocking and demonetizing videos that are not supposed to be blocked from people. Some music videos were blocked when some lyrics were misheard as bad language. In about a year ago youtube are demonetizing videos from LGBT creators just because they are LGBT related. Youtube has also blocked some videos for political reasons.
When they are blocking the videos that are not supposed to be blocked, Are they really protecting their customers? Or are they just doing things that are benefiting their own business?
- YouTube, (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/intl/en-GB/yt/about/
- Cheong, I. M. (2018, January 17). YouTube Demonetizes Small Channels With New Partnership Policy. Retrieved from http://dailycaller.com/2018/01/17/youtube-demonetizes-small-channels-with-new-partnership-policy/
- Alexander, J. (2018, February 20). Lesser-known YouTubers band together on ‘Demonetization Day’. Retrieved from https://www.polygon.com/2018/2/20/17032900/demonetization-creators-youtube-subscribers-small-youtuber-army
- Pringle, R. (2016, September 12). ‘De-monetizing’ YouTube: What will you see? | CBC News. Retrieved from http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/youtube-advertising-demonetization-1.3755626
- Priddy, M. (2017, September 22). Why Is YouTube Demonetizing LGBTQ Videos? Retrieved from https://www.autostraddle.com/why-is-youtube-demonetizing-lgbtqia-videos-395058/