Wednesday, April 08, 2020

YouTube apparently demonetizing "non-Leftist" commentary channels (Scarcella; We Are Change)


Yesterday, Tim Pool and Adam Crigler discussed YouTube’s recent activity purging a few more major channels (I think he means “demonetizng” but then there is the backup idea of “commercial viability”), on Timcast IRL (which is Tim’s “higher production studio” series).


YouTube channels for Arielle Scarcella, a lesbian Brooklyn “hipster” supposedly venturing toward the right in some of her political views, and Luke Rudlowski (“We Are Change”) were demonetized.
  
I looked at them briefly.  Scarcella just seemed to be attacking the radical Left (and radical Right) while sometimes having modestly adult content.  Rudkowski simply was reporting the truth about coronavirus as it unfolded in earlier weeks and challenging reassurances from a major media and governments.  At one point, Italy encouraged local citizens (in Florence) to “hug” Chinese visitors.  Two weeks later their own pandemic blew up.  Yet YouTube called Luke's content "harmful" and spreading conspiracy theories and "racism".  
   
Pool reasons that YouTube offers so much (non-corporate) content that advertisers will no longer pay enough to support its business model.  That's one reason it wants to exit the world of encouraging users to post large volumes of their own content. 
   
Pool notes YouTube has told him not to mention certain items for at least two weeks after they have appeared in large corporate media (such as China's apparent culpability for allowing the coronavirus to get out of control and hiding the information at first). He is not allowed to mention the "whistleblower" even though conservative outlets have made the name public (and I may have met him).  

Independent journalism and commentary no longer has integrity if certain topics that are in the public news domain already are off the table.  This is more a problem of how non-literate people react to getting news from non-"approved" sources, and (given the emergency situation that has exploded) believe that some public health matters are matters of debate now rather than necessity. 
     
I don’t have a problem, though, if YouTube wants to rent movies like Netflix or Amazon.  I rent them That’s just an older (non user-generated) line of business.

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