Youtube monetizes popular Australian fishing channel for “animal cruelty”


The YouTube channel featuring recreational fishing videos has been monetized by video-sharing giants over content that appears to have covered “animal cruelty.”

Australia-based Gido’s Fishing Adventures content creator said his channel has been monetized for a month and is waiting for a reply from Google-owned YouTube.

“(YouTube notifications) says we need to adjust the content, which is clearly related to animal cruelty,” he said in his latest article. YouTube video.. “I’m not shockingly abusing animals, so I can actually read that what I’m doing is fine. That’s what they disagree with. This is fair enough. I disagree. I’m just catching fish. “”

Guido said he received an email from YouTube informing him that “a significant portion” of the content violated the policy. But he said he had been uploading similar videos for a long time.

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Notification to Gido’s Fishing Adventures that their channel has been monetized (screenshots provided in The Epoch Times)

“The email also contains a plaque of 100,000 subscribers,” he said, referring to the Silver Creator Award, which is delivered to a YouTube channel with more than 100,000 subscribers.

“When I requested it two weeks ago, they checked your content, checked your channel before sending it, and they sent it to me and said everything was good.”

“I don’t know; I don’t know what’s going on,” he said. “This is a big problem for me because most of my recent income comes from YouTube. And I haven’t paid anything.”

YouTube has not yet responded to inquiries from Gido or The Epoch Times.

Rob Nicholls, an associate professor of regulation and governance at the University of New South Wales, described YouTube’s monetization program as an “intermediate step” in the content moderation process.

“This content may have been monetized as part of artificial intelligence analysis,” he told The Epoch Times. “To some extent YouTube chess channel At the beginning of the year. In that case, expressions such as “white on black brutal attack” were a description of the chess game, not racism found by machine analysis. “

“For all social media, especially video, there’s a balance between allowing potentially harmful content to continue to be distributed and removed,” he added, adding that YouTube is an accidental monetization. He said he reversed the case.

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In recent years, YouTube content moderation has been criticized by conservative media channels such as OAN and Sky News Australia for its inconsistent policies.

In August, YouTube suspended the Sky News channel for a week, allegedly posted a “misinformation on COVID-19,” and at the same time issued a “first strike” on the 24-hour news channel. This is a warning based on the three strike policy.

Sky News CEO Paul Whittaker said the video-sharing giant’s review policy lacks transparency and is “out of compliance.”

“Unlike other publishers’ policies, YouTube’s process of reviewing and deleting content is not transparent, allowing channel operators to address concerns or challenge ratings before an outage occurs. There is no clear process that gives them the opportunity to do it, “he said.

“Because of the lack of transparency, Sky News will take a proactive approach of removing all videos published in 2020 from its online platform and continue to comply with YouTube’s arbitrary editing guidelines. We did it, “says Whittaker.

He also said it was “just an attempt to navigate opaque policies,” rather than admitting that it did not comply with YouTube regulations.

Daniel Y. Ten