YouTube has had its ups and downs this year, especially when it coming to brand safety. In a bold move the Google-owned company started to demonetize videos that “are controversial but do not violate [their] policies,” according to a blog post announcing the change at the beginning of August. A move that was introduced as part of a counter-terrorism effort.
The big issue with this move is that YouTube is now deciding what is too controversial for the public, which is fine — the company has the right to decide what’s goes on its site — but, if not executed correctly it can put a serious dent in someones monthly income who may not deserve it.
Here are three times YouTube jumped the gun on demonetizing or flagging content.
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