Post written by Abby Hopkins
With YouTube changing their guidelines, many are usually affected by them. In one of the most recent guideline changes, big YouTuber Shane Dawson was one of the few affected. With the upload of his almost two hour long video all about conspiracy theories (featuring stuff about Deep Fakes and Apple), it took a huge hit but why?
It isn’t new for YouTube to demonetize videos for clips that are in them and no matter how long they are, YouTube will take action if it doesn’t meet their community guidelines. As stated in an article by The Verge, “Dawson’s video has since been remonetized, but it was originally cut off because it included a clip of footage showing a dangerous prank. YouTube recently altered its community guidelines to specifically tackle dangerous pranks — especially in wake of potentially harmful stunts like the Bird Box Challenge, which had creators like Jake Paul driving around blindfolded. Since Dawson included footage of the prank, YouTube’s system assumed that the video was promoting harmful and dangerous activities, and it removed monetization privileges.”
Even just a single clip brought Dawson to having his hard work not being monetized which I personally think is crazy but when you actually look into how much money he could have earn through this video, you really start to see the craziness. He had multiple ads throughout the long video and not to mention the sponsor he had as well. In all, Dawson could have earned around $2 per 1,000 views and at the time of this article being written he had a little over seven million views so just imagine how much he could have gotten.
In conclusion, what do you think about this whole situation? I would love to hear what you think!