In the wake of the recent, uncomfortable revelations of pedophilic content and predators on YouTube by Matt Watson, aka MattsWhatItIs, YouTube has announced stringent new policies aimed at creating a safer environment for children, but critics believe the policies are too vague and overreaching.

Jessica Ballinger is a YouTube content creator whose channel focuses on the daily lives and activities of Ballinger, her husband, and their four children. The videos on their channel feature a wide range of subject matter, such as the family’s vacation to Florida or her daughters spending time with young pop-star Jojo Siwa, but all the videos are made innocently with good intentions. On February 21st, Ballinger found that some of the videos uploaded to her channel had been marked ‘Not Suitable for Most Advertisers’ by YouTube:

The disheartened tweet from Ballinger prompted a response from the official YouTube Twitter account, who offered clarification:

YouTube refers Ballinger to a tweet made a day prior by independent news reporter Philip DeFranco, who had previously covered Watson’s video and the effect the video and subsequent actions by YouTube had taken on the YouTube community. In the tweet, DeFranco draws attention to a comment issued by YouTube as they enacted their initial steps to combat predatory behavior:

However, in a second tweet to Ballinger, YouTube stated that even if the video’s content is appropriate, their latest policy measures would police the comments section for “inappropriate comments”, which if found, would result in a video’s demonetization:

This declaration by YouTube was met with harsh criticism and outrage from many creators on the platform, who felt it was not only unfair to punish creators for words and actions completely out of their control, but that the new policing system could be easily abused:

Some users have concluded that the only way to avoid channel demonetization is to disable comments entirely, which could not only negatively affect a creator’s engagement, but also stifle discussion and counter-arguments on divisive topics. Ultimately, these new and subjective policies have users worried about the survival of their respective channels and confused about what the specific terms of the new policies are. As DeFranco stated in a follow-up tweet:

What do you make of YouTube’s new policies and how they are enforcing it?

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