We’ve seen some concerning things within the YouTube community over the last few weeks. We’ve seen Maker Studios privatize videos of their own creators, YouTubers getting their accounts messed with. Recently however, we’ve been seen Youtube’s community guidelines used as a possible weapon against content creators. This is not new, as creators such as JWittz and NatesVlogs, but it seems that it’s occurring a lot more lately. Recently, we’ve seen a League of Legends Japanese voice pack get flagged for inappropriate behavior, despite it being within the context of the game in question. And the latest victim of this trend seems to be YouTuber I Hate Everything, who posted on a secondary channel this video explaining the situation. His channel has been taken down due to “This account has been suspended due to multiple or severe violations of Youtube’s policy against spam, gaming, misleading content, or other Terms of Service violations”.
In the video, he posts some of the emails in question about what has happened to his channel. The first specifically seems to hit the “spam” portion of the guidelines in question, although it’s not very clear as to if that’s the actual problem in question. The frustrated IHE has dealt with copyright claim problems with the infamous “Cool Cat” series of videos, but this is specifically dealing with the community guidelines sections, and not copyright claims. A second email reveals more information regarding this, that a particular video “DESTROYING The Little Panda Fighter” was targetted. In the email in question, spam is also referenced again, and based on other emails seen from other Youtubers regarding community strikes, it seems that the video most likely was reported for spam or spam related content. Marking a video as SPAM may have triggered this, as the YouTube Community Guidelines indicate that “Our staff reviews flagged videos 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to determine whether they violate our Community Guidelines”.
IHE has asked for his community to bring this issue to light. He’s also working with his network, Creative Nation Network, to find out what’s going on regarding the incident in question. TechRaptor has reached out to him to see if he’ll answer any questions, and will update everyone on more situation as it develops.
It looks like the channel has been reinstated. It is still unclear what exactly got the channel suspended in the first place, but I Hate Everything is now back in business.
I'M BACK EVERYONE JESUS pic.twitter.com/awgBiMmfWC
— I HATE EVERYTHING (@IHE_OFFICIAL) January 20, 2016