Pro-Trump YouTube sensations Diamond and Silk said that Google’s YouTube has disabled monetization from 95% of their videos.
Their vlogs (video logs) contain statements of support for President Trump and YouTube claims that the content is “not suitable.”
“@YouTube @TeamYouTube stopped over 95% percent of our videos from being monetized, stating: ‘It’s Not Suitable For All Advertisers,’” the two said in a series of tweets. “Wonder if @YouTube @TeamYouTube stopped the monetization of our videos because we are loyal supporters of the @POTUS.”
— Diamond and Silk® (@DiamondandSilk) August 10, 2017
The videos do not appear to violate YouTube’s recently updated video policy which was intended to catch terrorist-related content.
Tougher standards: We’ll soon be applying tougher treatment to videos that aren’t illegal but have been flagged by users as potential violations of our policies on hate speech and violent extremism. If we find that these videos don’t violate our policies but contain controversial religious or supremacist content, they will be placed in a limited state. The videos will remain on YouTube behind an interstitial, won’t be recommended, won’t be monetized, and won’t have key features including comments, suggested videos, and likes. We’ll begin to roll this new treatment out to videos on desktop versions of YouTube in the coming weeks, and will bring it to mobile experiences soon thereafter.
It could be that YouTube’s new “machine learning” automatic policy violation detection has caused the dramatic hit to Diamond and Silk’s income. If so, public outcry has proven to be the quickest way to get mistakes like this reversed. If the strike was instead intentional and due to the pro-Trump content – things could get messy for the video streaming platform.