LAST UPDATED: June 13, 2020, 11:00 a.m. EDT: The ongoing chaos about the “Black lives matter” movement has put Youtube Video creators into a big problem. YouTube is taking down their Black Lives Matter fundraising videos. After the alleged killing of George Floyd by the United states police. Many organizations who work for racial injustice has been generating funds to support this movement. Youtube creators also took a stance in support of this movement.
They are asking viewers to watch the complete videos and click on ads. In this way, users can donate to this noble cause without actually paying anything from their pockets. Now, It’s easier to see YouTube as the villain here. But YouTube is taking down all the Black Lives Matter fundraising videos due to repeated violations of terms and conditions.
Youtube gave a clarification in this matter with a short blog post briefly explaining the exact reason for removing the videos. Youtube explained that video creators are encouraging viewers to do fake engagement and ad clicks which is against their policy.
While you can take any ad revenue you earn from organic traffic and donate it, some of these videos encourage people to repeatedly watch the video for ad views and/or repeatedly click on the ads in the video, which artificially drives up the video’s watch time and ad metrics – this is against YouTube’s Policies. We’re seeing this encouragement in video titles, descriptions, and in the video content itself, none of which is allowed. If your video encourages this behavior, it will be removed from YouTube, you won’t be paid for the views and clicks, and advertisers will not be charged— Youtube Said.
The First of its kind of video was uploaded by a youtube Creator Zoe Amira running a beauty channel on youtube. She made a one-hour compilation video of art, spoken word, poetry, and songs created by black men and women. Her video, titled “How to financially help BLM with NO MONEY/leaving your house (invest in the future for FREE),” was uploaded with a promise to donate all the generated money to black lives matter movement. Many other creators also did the same by encouraging users to click on the ads to generate income and donate it to the movement. Later, YouTube Removed all of these kinds of videos from its platform.
it’s not just tiktok censoring people… there’s nothing even remotely controversial in this video, not even a swear word in the songs, and yet it got flagged for restriction / being “potentially mature” immediately???? pic.twitter.com/MuZq1Dx9Gj
— ZOE AMIRA (@zoeamira) May 31, 2020
Youtube has told creators not to generate uninterested ad clicks. They advised the youtube creators to give a donation link in the video description and ask them to donate. Youtube clarifies that they are not against black lives matter movement but it should not violate their platform’s rules and regulations.