Why I'm Losing Faith in Youtube

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Abroad in Japan : I really didn't want to make a video on this, especially we've got far more awesome videos to get on with; but when a video as uncontroversial as me sitting in a room talking about North Korea or Natsuki eating some ramen gets flagged, it's definitely worrying - and enough people over the last month have asked me about it to justify making a video discussing it. I hope this video gives a decent overview of the situation and why it's been a step backwards for the Abroad in Japan channel (as it has been for most channels), but I plan to draw a line under it here though; I won't keep going on about this. It sucks but we'll get through it! Now back to editing the next one ;) OPERATION BREADSTICK IS A GO.

Nicolai : Best Japan youtuber without a doubt. I wish your videos wouldnt get demonetized cause I'm sure that's why you're not uploading as much :'(

My Life Japan : 7:25 So THAT'S what a successful view graph looks like.

Frank West - I Covered Wars : 0:29 They might be talking about Natsuki.

Shake The Box : Our channel just got gobbled up by the demonetize machine this week! We thought we were too small! No one is safe! Stay strong, Chris!

BADCompanySarge : Operation Breadstick was successful sir! All hostages eliminated.

Abinash Basabanuja : Where the hell is Natsuki The Movie

Bob Marley : I thought it said "cream dispenser" under your name at the beginning.

jeffreyTALK : The key is to speak Japanese in your vids now to bypass the algorithm of doom

Sheepy007 : If the algorithm is seemingly smart enough to filter out Swears or specific topics, then why not instead of demonitising these videos, ad these specific flags to the videos and then let the advertiser when he partners up with youtube, chose what flags he can live with, what flags he decides to be okay with and what not. Basically the advertisers say "I am okay with videos with swearing or mild nudity, but I am not okay when it includes the wrinkly McNugget face of Donald Trump". This way both sides will profit. One will not lose advertisers, and the other can target his ads even more specific.

Ciara Casey : How can a video *not* be flagged for sexual content when Natsuki was present?

watchavideoalot : keep Mr Snuggles. Best thing that happened to you in a while. :)

starshipfantastica : Protest YouTube by uploading a black screen on 2/14/18, the anniversary of YouTube. YouTube is going the way of MySpace. They will eventually be replaced if they keep it up.

Kari Haruka : British sarcasm is always the best! And I just knew that this day would come. Youtube just seems to be getting worse and worse for creators. It seems that Youtube is no longer a place for creators to create and share their videos. But rather a platform for big corporations.

Lazy Ryu : Dear Chris, Thank you for making this video for Youtubers everywhere. I've been watching your video's for months now and I've liked all of your videos and been spamming every ad that was available. Your video's have helped me going through some tough times, and one might say you may have even saved my life in one of my darkest hours. Your content has rekindled life onto me and has helped me learned what a wonderful and beautiful country Japan really is. You have also sparked an interest for education within me and I am aspiring to be a teacher. I hope Youtube open their eyes and see what they're doing wrong and continue to improve what they're doing right. Because without the freedom for creators to make their videos their creation can never inspire people or touch people in ways they were meant to. Don't give up on Youtube, Chris! - A thankful and loyal viewer.

Frank Baird : Youtube is trying to figure out how to become the next MySpace. Good job YT. How to make sure you're the next forgotten thing. I understand not allowing extremist to get ad revenue, but only allowing videos that present a shiny, happy unrealistic view of the world to make money is ridiculous.

Root Bryce : Money > Quality content Wasn't like this back in the old days of YouTube Oh well, a bigger community is a worse one, huh.

cbauch : What You Tube needs is competition to keep it honest.

Matt Babij : Youtube channels should have the option to exempt from the demonetization through a similar method to the appeal system they have in place for videos. A person reviews the channel and if there is no terrorist related activity then that channel will no longer be demonetized. They could even have a yearly or bi yearly check up to make sure the content didn't go from average youtube vlog to ISIS propaganda.

コイノ/ Koino : *I ❤️ Ms.Snuggles*

Dakota Stahnke : I love how in the beginning of the family friendly section you wore the for fuck sake shirt.

Jeffamaster : So does that mean that all the modern songs are getting any ads too. Because I think they all have everything on that list

wheeler1 : 4:26 sad thing is, even ASMR has been getting demonetized lately! smh

Splashy Mountain : Natsuki is the reason it's sexually inappropriate. He's too sexy.

Manuel (Mogely) Herrera : This was so funny! Love the creativity

Djuntas : ...Happens for all now and its so dumb. Even my freaking tiny gaming videos...Christ, im sorry if I did a few swear words, not my intention but yea.

julesloveless : This is basically what YouTube is saying, "You can still work hard to create new content, it's just now we won't pay you!"

Matt M : Hope it all gets straightened out. You should be compensated appropriately for your hard work and creativity. I really appreciate it, thanks!

Tron : So essentially this is a ploy by Google to decrease the amount of money they have to pay out to content creators...since most of the money they would normally earn comes early on after a video is released. There is no reason they couldn't have their algorithm analysis happen BEFORE the video goes live, and let you prevent it from going live if they deem it un-monetizable. You could then appeal and have it go live AFTER they approve it. Total BS.

asianmuggle : Put your faith on Natsuki instead of Youtube.

Alkaris : YouTube's bot is too over reaching with vague descriptions when it comes to going through videos and tags for those videos. It doesn't matter what the title of the video is or what kind of tags you use, this bot is ruthless and goes through each and every word used, and it's too broad and over reaching when it's working like that. Like for example, YouTube demonetizing educational videos or videos people talking about being Transgender just because the word "Transgender" was used in the title, or "LGBTQ" was used in the title or tags and possibly video description, this AI bot is demonetizing videos like that, counteracting what YouTube has said in the past being "LGBTQ Friendly" and this bot is indiscriminately demonetizing videos like this. It's pretty fucking ridiculous.

Suzu Starlight : For some reason, I found it weirdly entertaining to watch you casually chatting with a plush cat. That is the one change on your channel I wouldn't mind at all. Other than that, I really like your content, especially the controversial topics, so it's a bummer to see youtube working against interesting content like that. The financial loss must be pretty scary, so I hope things work out for you thanks to Patreon and all that stuff. As of now, the video is still monetized, btw. :)

jetfowl : Skittles aren't made of children?!? That's the only reason I've been eating them... to get my recommended daily dose of 6.85 children a day. --- Plus, don't make the '25 thing that make you happy' into a self-help guide... turn it into a religion. Call it 'Happyology'. Then you'll get hundreds of thousands of people to convert and tithe 10% of their income to supporting you. (Don't think it'll work? L. Ron Hubbard did it.)

Arakniode : Oh, and you forgot number 5. Videos criticizing youtube

slylover123 : i hate that ukelele xylophone music so much

LSDWI : Is no one gonna point out his shirt says “For facks sake”

Aegon Targaryen : You're probably the only youtuber who pulled off the 'family friendly' act the right way

DarkRoadRun : Don't let it get ya down man. Your videos are great and you're living the dream.

Jo King : We need new competition for BigCorporationTube. Destroying the creators that created them.

xkeepersvk : Question. If a video is demonetized do those ads still play or not? Because if they do play youtube/google might just be keeping your money.

aaaaaaaaooooooo : Imagine a bank that implements an algorithm that deletes fraudelent bank accounts - they know that in the process it will delete some normal peoples' savings too, but they put the AI in effect anyways and hope it will get better over time. A bank would never do that, even if their user contract allowed them to do that, because they know they need people's trust in order to get them to put their hard-earned money into the bank. But somehow Youtube thinks it can make it risky for people to devote themselves to full time content creation and still have a thriving content-making community. What they need to do is have a large task force of humans banning problematic channels, plus a smaller core group of people monitoring this task force. Once they learn which one of these humans are effectively banning the intended type of channels, they can have AI learning take place, NOT from having the AI actually go out and ban channels and learn from mistakes, but by having the AI try to guess which channels the humans will ban and making adjustments if their guesses did not match. When the match rate is high enough, the AIs can then learn further by suggesting possible bans to human monitors, saving the time that human monitors spend. When a credit card company's AI detects an unusual spending pattern on my card, it doesn't automatically assume the card was stolen and shut down my credit card. Rather, it gets a human operator to contact me and confirm if I really spent that money. Considering the amount of transactions made on credit cards every day, that is incredible, but they still manage to do it. Youtube needs to consider carefully what the right level of user confidence should be, in order for Youtube to thrive as an ecosystem.

ib07093 : Is it weird that I love the dancing pumpkin?

T3knecolor : Swearing in videos = not ok Swearing in comments = ok Double standards YouTube....

gohanivx : I'm sorry to inform you but Mr Snuggles is a Family Entertainment Character created by some YouTube who get demonitized nowaday. The way you handled the character is against YouTube's Guidelines.

Dovah Junkan : Well now i know the reason why I like skittles so much

BearsAteMyCat : I think I'm going full tinfoil. If your Nestles and Cokes can control who can make money on the biggest self-expressive content platform on the net, they can practically control content itself on that entire portion of the net... and to control that content is to control ALL thought both expressed AND understood for that vertical slice of shared global consciousness. Sure, companies do have a right to choose where to advertise and so on, but these decisions are not about those rights. Look at the recent move toward partnership being mandatory for external links on videos. With this new, completely arbitrary requirement, YouTube steps a little closer in preventing you from making money through other sites like Patreon if you still don't fit into, say, Ford Motors' idea of monetizable self-expression. Add in all of the above, the new algorithms and layouts boosting sponsored and partnered content, the feigned ignorance on Google's part and you can see they're actively discouraging content creators that either: a) don't work well with corporate identities or b) aren't popular enough to draw cash in regardless. I'm not crazy, right? These videos are being demonetized because YouTube itself is being monetized.

Adam Bradley : Chris Broad, Dream Dispenser :D

hmonkey : Is youtube your main income?

Secret Life of Vivian : brilliant!

cerverg : Youtube is dieing anyway... It's full of SJWs.