YouTube responds to creator backlash by adjusting its new swearing policy

Dirty creators rejoice, YouTube adjusts its swearing policy after backlash, The Verge reports.

In November, YouTube announced a change to its policy on which videos can be monetized. Among the changes was an adjustment to their inappropriate language policy: videos with profanity within the first 8 seconds will be demonstrated, and videos with profanity after the first 8 seconds may receive ad revenue.

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The new policy appears to apply to every video a creator has ever created on the platform, resulting in the demonetization of countless previous videos and a cut in the creator’s ad revenue. YouTubers like ProZD criticized YouTube’s policy and lack of clear communication and spoke out on their channels.

After weeks of complaints from YouTubers, YouTube will make adjustments to the policy.

“Over the past few weeks, we’ve heard from many creators regarding this update. This feedback is important to us, and we’re in the process of making some adjustments to this policy to address your concerns. We’ll be in touch with our creator community shortly as we have more to share,” YouTube spokesman Michael Aciman told The Verge.

The verbal abuse policy also treats all “varieties of profanity equally, meaning they are not differentiated by severity,” with the exception of “hell” and “damn.”

This change in policy is another example of how creators’ livelihoods are often at the mercy of the whims of big tech companies.

https://mashable.com/article/youtube-swearing-policy YouTube responds to creator backlash by adjusting its new swearing policy

Zack Zwiezen

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