YouTube is now demonetising videos based on their comments

22 February 2019, 12:05 | Updated: 22 February 2019, 15:47

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Benedict Townsend

By Benedict Townsend

Fans have been left furious after YouTube admitted it is now demonetising videos based on other people's comments on it

YouTube has angered creators by revealing that it is currently demonetising videos based on the comments that other users leave below them.

This was revealed when Jessica Ballinger, YouTuber and sister of Colleen Ballinger, tweeted to Team YouTube, asking why an innocent video of her son doing gymnastics had been demonetised. She tweeted:

"MY 5 YEAR OLD SON: does gymnastics and is a happy, sweet, confident boy. youtube: NOT ADVERTISER FRIENDLY (This happened yesterday— I find the timing on this very, very disheartening for the @YouTube community)".

Team YouTube replied:

"(1/2) Hi there--for reference, over the past few days, we’ve taken a number of actions to better protect the YouTube community from content that endangers minors."

"(2/2) With regard to the actions that we've taken, even if your video is suitable for advertisers, inappropriate comments could result in your video receiving limited or no ads (yellow icon). Let us know if you have any questions."

Wait, what has caused this change?

YouTube is currently, frantically trying to deal with a wave of inappropriate videos and comments on the site about underage children. The site has a major problem with videos of minors being uploaded that are not necessarily inappropriate at first glance, but which are uploaded and sought out by pedophiles.

There is a simultaneous problem with creeps finding innocent videos other people have uploaded (a video of a child doing gymnastics for example)

The site clearly does not have a useable system in place to tackle. They even admitted as such, tweeting to Jessica Ballinger:

"Just to be super clear, we're not saying anything is wrong with the actual video and thank you for doing a great job moderating the comments section. These recent actions are due to an abundance of caution related to content that may endanger minors."

Naturally, creators aren't happy with that

The explanation that YouTube is demonetising videos based on comments left by other people - all, ultimately, to protect advertisers, is shockingly not sitting well with YouTube creators, who already have a pretty jaded view of YouTube's intentions.

Creator CrankGameplays summed things up, tweeting:

"So what you’re saying is if OTHER PEOPLE comment inappropriate shit on our videos WE get punished?? Find a better solution and stop pushing away your creators, YouTube. You’re killing your own platform."

We'll update you as the situation develops.