YouTube making the same mistake as in 2016?

Is YouTube making the same mistake as in 2016?

Recently I have found many YouTube videos with misleading metadata and/or inappropriate content to be monetized with AdSense. And from the looks of it, a question arises – Is YouTube making the same mistake again as in 2016? I have been compelled to bring this up because most of the videos I’m talking about contain sexually provocative scenes, which in turn carries a negative message for YouTube’s ad-campaign.

Let me put a few examples and make the whole thing clear. The examples I’m about to present here use Bengali as the video language and that of the title. So many of you may not understand it directly; nevertheless you can take help from Google translate. Also before watching these videos for exemplary purpose, make sure that you are 18+.

According to the title of the above video, the actress Srilekha will show off her ‘body’ to whoever would like to see that. I instantly got interested upon seeing the title and clicked on the video to watch it. I came to know that it is a news-based video. According to the information provided inside the video, the actress is single now and would consider anyone who’d like to propose to her. Clearly it’s not the same thing as ‘showing off body’ to strangers. So the bottom line is this video is using misleading title. It has misleading and sexually provocative thumbnail too.

I found the view monetized and this was a suggested video on a newly created YouTube account which I had never used before to watch videos. Shockingly enough, YouTube now-a-days has started to suggest sexually provocative videos to even brand-new viewers. Had I previously watched such videos using this account, I wouldn’t be surprised to be suggested to watch same type of videos. (This post is titled ‘Is YouTube making the same mistake as in 2016?’)

It is obvious that YouTube now is kind of liberal when it comes to title and thumbnail, all they stress on is ‘inner’ content. Since this particular video presented above has no inappropriate content inside it, it is still intact (monetized and not age-restricted). If it contained inappropriate or sexually explicit content inside it, it would certainly have been age-restricted, even removed from YouTube.

Here’s another misleading video I just found monetized. According to the title, the video is supposed to show physical intimacy between nephew and mami (wife of maternal uncle). But there is no such thing inside the video itself. I watched the full video and here’s what I saw: the nephew decently proposes to mami without touching her. (This post is titled ‘Is YouTube making the same mistake as in 2016?’)

He argues that mama (maternal uncle) is abroad for the last couple of years and there’s nobody to physically accompany her. Then mami says it’s wrong and promises to find him a beautiful bride. NOT a single physical touch happens in the video! And the people you get to see in the thumbnail aren’t the ones found in the video; it’s just a randomly collected sexually provocative thumbnail. So you understand that this video too uses misleading title and thumbnail. Videos like this should definitely be reported. Here’s a nice article which describes how to report a YouTube video:

How to report a YouTube video: In case you found infringing videos on YouTube

You can also check out our previous posts on misleading metadata:

Metadata: When it becomes misleading and leads your YouTube account to termination

Examples of misleading metadata: Be able to identify the infringing videos on YouTube

Examples of misleading metadata – episode 2

Here’s another creepy video from the same channel and this one is monetized too. As the title suggests, it is supposed to be a secretly recorded video based on the physical intimacy between a male doctor and a female patient. As a young man, I was provoked to see the title and clicked on the video. I watched it fully, but found no intimate scene, except for a ‘wink’ from the woman’s eye and some double meaning words from the doctor’s mouth. Surely it’s a misleading video, because it uses misleading title. I wouldn’t bring this up in the first place, if it weren’t monetized.

The mistakes YouTube made in 2016

I hope you read my article on ‘Google’s latest condition’ which I published in the month of January this year. If you did not, then you can now check that out:

YouTube ads crisis: YouTube/Google’s latest condition

This particular post describes YouTube’s miserable conditions on ad campaigns. The advertisers stopped putting ads on YouTube because they thought their ads were not properly placed. Many of their ads were placed on videos with provocative content and misleading metadata. Thus their brand image were damaged. (This post is titled ‘Is YouTube making the same mistake as in 2016?’)

The thing is that the advertisers were actually correct in their standpoint: Google/YouTube really manipulated the ad serving system. May be they had too many ads to serve, so they included the videos that violated community guidelines of YouTube. The YouTubers and YouTube itself might have been benefited by these unscrupulous activities, but the advertisers were despaired. That’s when they decided to quit on YouTube.

Both YouTube and YouTubers thought that they would get away with this. But when advertisers put pressure on YouTube, they had no choice but to get rid of the videos and channels that didn’t strictly follow the community guidelines. And in the surge, many innocent (specially new) YouTubers were caught. As a result hundreds of thousands of YouTube channels were terminated in just a few months of time. (This post is titled ‘Is YouTube making the same mistake as in 2016?’)

We’re happy for YouTube that recently they seem to recover and finally settle on ad service. Because most advertisers that previously quit on YouTube have started to come back and put ads. And once again YouTube is earning billions of dollars through its ad campaign.

Now the question is whether or not they’re aware of these infringing videos which are getting AdSense ads. I wonder if YouTube is doing it purposely. May be once again they have too many ads to handle, so they have decided to put ads even on sexually provocative and misleading videos. If they commit the same mistake as in 2016, they’ll be penalized once again. And this time they may never recover and lose their ‘3rd’ world rank as a site once and for all. Sadly enough, we YouTubers will be able to do nothing about it!

What about you? Do you think YouTube making the same mistake as in 2016?

If you have been using YouTube for a while for purposes like entertainment or YouTubing, let us know what you think on this particular issue. Did you find videos with sexually explicit content to be monetized with Ads? What about now? Do you still find YouTube videos with misleading content to be popular and served ads? Let us know about it in the comment box.

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How to report a YouTube video: In case you found infringing videos on YouTube

How to report a YouTube video

Today we shall learn how to report a YouTube video. First of all, you have to get to the lower portion of the video while watching it and click on the ‘Report’ button (if you are on a mobile device) or ‘More’ button (if you’re on PC). The ‘More’ button will lead you to the ‘Report’ option.

different options on how to report a YouTube video

Now you have to choose one of the few options put in front of you. We shall discuss each choice in a different section.

Sexual content

If you find a YouTube video to be sexually explicit and think it shouldn’t be on YouTube or at least should be age-restricted, then you can report it. Based on the number of reports submitted, the video might be removed from YouTube and a community guidelines strike imposed on the concerned channel. Remember that sexually explicit videos based on education like breastfeeding or female organ investigation don’t need to be reported. Even if you report, nothing will happen to them.

If you find such a video to be age-restricted, then you may watch the full video to find what’s wrong with it and then report. (You have to be an adult to watch this type of content). Videos with inappropriate content  or misleading metadata aimed to achieve artificial traffic should be removed from YouTube no matter what. (This post is on how to report a YouTube video)

Violent or repulsive content

If violent activities are recorded with camera and published on YouTube, they should be reported anyway. This is because such display may promote further violations. ‘Repulsive’ means something disgusting. If somebody records a video of garbage or someone doing a dirty activity like pissing on the roadside and then uploads on YouTube, it will be considered as repulsive content.

This type of thing is not only unwanted on YouTube, but also is disgusting. Viewers encountering such videos on YouTube may be displeased with YouTube itself once and for all and may even decide to never return to YouTube again. That’s why such videos aren’t allowed on YouTube. (This post is on how to report a YouTube video)

Hateful or abusive content

If someone uploads a video on YouTube with a view to spread a hate speech towards a certain individual or a protected group, then it may be reported. This doesn’t mean that you can not make a negative product or service review, you certainly can do that. If you’re dissatisfied with the services provided by a company or organization, you can publish a video on YouTube based on what you think about them. There are tons of videos like this on YouTube.

But ‘hate speech’ is a different thing. Take American politics for example. The Democrats can’t just create a new YouTube channel in order to harass the reigning Republicans. A few months ago I found a channel whose sole purpose was to spread ‘hate speech’ against Awami League, the ruling party of Bangladesh. But I don’t find that channel anymore; that means it already has been terminated.

Also you can’t possibly abuse someone on your YouTube video. Last year I saw a Facebook video where a Bangladeshi expatriate was threatening the prime minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina. According to him, Hasina was a big enemy of Islam. That guy even showed bad body language and a ‘pointing stick’. Well, such creepy videos might be allowed on Facebook and other social networking sites, but not on YouTube.

Harmful dangerous acts

You might have seen a YouTube video that shows a person jumping from one rooftop to another. Content like this may be entertaining, but they may encourage viewers to try these dangerous maneuvers. So they shouldn’t be allowed on YouTube, though there are many videos with such content on YouTube to this day. The reason why they’re existing is that most YouTube users/viewers don’t know these videos are illegal on YouTube. Some even don’t have the time and will to report infringing videos. I can’t blame others, ’cause I’m one of those guys myself.

Take another example. A person suffering from diabetes may intake insulin injection. He may choose to upload a YouTube video on this. While he shows the whole procedure, he may do something dangerous like using an old/used syringe. If so, then the video will be said to contain and promote dangerous acts. So this sort of videos can be reported as well. (This post is on how to report a YouTube video)

Child abuse

Suppose your neighbor aunty put you in charge of her infant baby momentarily while she was away for a reason. And you chose to play with the baby anyway. At some point you might get the ‘bright’ idea of hitting the baby and making it cry. You did that and recorded the whole thing. It might seem funny or entertaining to some people, but you also need to keep in mind that your video might actually encourage others to ‘perform’ such inhuman acts. So this type of video is totally illegal on YouTube. If found, they are instantly removed and community strikes are placed on the concerned channels.

Promotes terrorism

Take the example of a terrorist or a militant. He knows how to make a bomb and may decide to create a video on it. If he does so, the video will be said to promote terrorism. So such activities aren’t allowed on YouTube. (This post is on how to report a YouTube video)

Spam content: How to report a YouTube video

You know when you upload a video on YouTube, it’s artificial intelligence searches for the right audience for your particular video. If most of the viewers find your video to be irrelevant and unwanted, they may choose to report it as ‘spam’. I hereby like to share one of my experiences regarding it.

Last year in the month of August I created a new YouTube channel and uploaded a few videos on my nephew and niece. I previously had taken them to a shopping mall and recorded their activities, like going up and down on an escalator. Surprisingly enough, that channel was terminated within 24 hours of time. I never realized the reason of that termination, for you know YouTube doesn’t explicitly show the reason of a channel termination. And there is nothing you can do about it, unless you have access to California federal courts where YouTube legal issues are dissolved.

Probably viewers reported my videos as ‘spam’ as they found them useless and unwanted. Such videos aren’t probably allowed on YouTube. If they were, we would get to see hundreds of thousands of YouTube videos on people’s personal activities like taking selfies, birthday parties etc.

It could also have been a doing of a few of my rivals. Since I shared the videos on Facebook, they might have to come to know about it and reported my videos along with their friends and associates. You might know that YouTube policies are changed every few months. May be this sort of videos are allowed on YouTube now-a-days to some extent. Anyway, I never tried personal videos on YouTube later for obvious reasons.

Misleading content

If you use misleading metadata on your YouTube videos and thus try to have artificial traffic, you might be penalized. Misleading metadata actually presents ‘wrong’ videos to the viewers. These videos are termed ‘wrong’ in the sense that most of the viewers may find these irrelevant and unwanted. (This post is on how to report a YouTube video)

At first sight, the video title and/or thumbnail may seem appealing to the viewers. But once they start watching it, they will soon realize that it’s not what they wanted or were looking for. Then they might decide to report such videos. We actually have a number of articles on metadata and misleading metadata. They’re listed below:

Metadata: When it becomes misleading and leads your YouTube account to termination

Examples of misleading metadata: Be able to identify the infringing videos on YouTube

Examples of misleading metadata – episode 2

Infringing your rights

This section would be so vast in size that we prefer to publish an entire post on this one. This will be available very soon. However, if you like to report for infringing your copyright, then click on the following link and do as you’re instructed:

Youtube copyright claim: Learn how to do that

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