Google Has Removed 11 Million Channels Over The Past 12 Months

The data only goes back 1 year, and the reason for this is probably because they didn’t have a serious removal policy prior to this mass purging of user generated content that many content creators have been the victim of lately. We know this because up until about last year, pedophiles would roam free with complete immunity stalking little kids who were posting videos of themselves playing on youtube, so if creeps like this were not being blocked, than we can be almost certain that nobody else was getting blocked.

That story is horrific, but according to google’s statistics, these violations represent only a small fraction of the total videos removed on their platform, and what is truly concerning is that these removal guidelines appear to be very opaque and open to interpretation. Check this out

Fine, nothing wrong with this one

Nothing wrong with these either; obvious.

Okay, now things are starting to get kind of weird…

Nudity, sex, child safety, abuse, dangerous, and harassment, are all completely understandable, but these criteria only account for 20% of the removal guidelines. The other 79% is “spam, misleading, and scams”.

Scams are understandable and so is spam, but misleading? What does that even mean? The word “misleading’ is a very broad generalization, and honestly, it wouldn’t even be that big a deal if it didn’t account for such a large proportion of the removals.

Who decides what is misleading? How does one definitively know if something is misleading? Does google have a team of experts circumnavigating every video online and deciding what is “misleading” and what is not?

We are clearly treading on a very thin line between a fair attempt at keeping people safe, and an opaque and selective censorship policy that is easily manipulated by a small exclusive group of politically connected elite. Google has a monopoly in the online video sector, so how much of a right should they truly have to decide what people are allowed to access online? Click here to see the report for yourself

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