My previous blog was about my struggles with a video put on the private mode by YouTube only to see by me. I pointed out that at least Twitter YouTube somebody responded and communicated with me. Here is what happened (or better, what is worse, what did not happen). I was hopefully talking to somebody at YoutTube could lead to a solution for my imprisoned viral video. I was wrong. It got far worse.
Here is what happened:
1.Quote YouTube: “Update: We’ll keep your video private as it contains info that can put someone’s safety as risk. Their personal info, name, or image was included on the vid. For more info how to resolve this, check out your DM. following up, here’s what you can do to resolve this:
1. Download your video. On a computer, download the video using your Video Manager. If you have a copy of your original video saved, you can skip this step.
2. Remove and fully obscure all identifying information in your video – including footage, thumbnails, audio, title, description, and tags. If your video contains images of identifiable individuals, consider using our blurring tool. 3. Re-upload your video. Upload the video again. Keep in mind, when you re-upload the video, it won’t carry over the view count and comments from the original upload. – To keep the original URL: Upload your video as Unlisted – on the “Visibility” tab under Publish now, choose Unlisted. Let us know if you have other questions.
Well, I did have some questions
Ai flagged my video after three weeks because I put two tag words in the title “swine” and testicles.” The video was placed on 18+, so I immediately removed the two hashtag words, not because I agreed, but to resolve the problem without a headache. I removed the words but AI now punished me more and put the video in private mode for me to see only? Finally, I spoke to somebody on Twitter as the appealing button said error, and you can’t appeal to a video put in a private mode ( yes, the runaround). After lots of explanation from my side, things got worse.
I asked the usual questions:
What do I have to do to get the video active again? I got to send two links to me:
Age restriction: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/2802167
Copyright claim: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/2797370
Team YouTube knew perfectly well what I asked, but refused to answer the questions. The copyright claim link is hilarious. I have been a producer for over 35 years, produced 400 events for TV, and made movies in Hollywood. I know about copyright, and I am cautious in applying the copyright rules. I buy my music and pictures. I pay money for a license fee to use the content. Now, I had another youtube channel where I used that link to remove the content of people who uploaded my productions and violated the copyright law.
Bas Boon IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1940705/
Many people are not even aware of these laws, so I understand youtube made a standard answer by providing such a standard link. The link had nothing to do with my case. My video’s next claim was that I endangered the identity and safety of an individual (all not a problem for three weeks when YouTube and the music maker were making money with my viral video)? Indeed I asked politely, I am sorry if I did, but I am not aware of this? Give me a chance to edit out that person or blur his identity or proof I have a license to use the footage in which is in dispute so I get this resolved. As far as I know, there are only friends in the video, and the image of the pirate bay cafe is no issue (it’s my cafe).
YouTube would only say: we can not give specifics??? YouTube: Remove and entirely obscure all identifying information in your video – including footage, thumbnails, audio, title, description, and tags. If your video contains images of identifiable individuals, consider using our blurring tool. I made the thumbnail myself, and it’s funny and not against their policy and some of the pictures I bought from Shutterstock . Unlike a music claim where I can provide a certificate and proof I paid for usage, this is now not the case. YouTube wants you to guess. It does not make sense as if I knew which content I should not put in my productions? If I did, I would have avoided making the video with that content. Worse, I compared my video with other pig breeding videos, and I was shocked. I had a very mild version of pigs breeding footage, then what you can see in public on YouTube. So somebody, out of nowhere, now claims my video endangered this person, so says YouTube. But they wouldn’t tell you who.
Blur everybody, take out the thumbnail, title, and get rid of the sound (I quote their solution). Ooh, and I almost forgot the 220.000 views you wouldn’t get back YouTube said? All this after YouTube congratulates me every week for three weeks with my YouTube video results and asked me to double down on this video. The age restriction link does not help as my video is put in a private mode only (for me to see only), so let’s first get the video back to 18+. Youtube can’t do that because they claim this video would endanger some person and reveal his identity? But the content creator should know who because they won’t tell you? Here is what I think happened. I think that AI screwed up like many times with my previous videos, I always was found right at the end, and all claims were made undone. Somebody made a mistake, and it’s almost like they are searching for ways to defend the decision Ai made. I am making assumptions now, but going from two hashtags words to endangering people and content claims after three weeks of successful uploading the video (no age restriction) does not make sense to me. It feels wrong. This video was made by following courses on making my content more attractive for people to keep watching. VIDIQ supplied me with the two has tag words. I pay them 50 euro per month membership. I pay for my education on this and learn editing etc. Finally, I had a viral video that was going to 1 million views rapidly (50K per day). No animals got hurt in the video and no nudity or vulgarity (plenty in other videos, more graphic swine breeding, and even pig castrations on YouTube on a similar subject). Extra sour The video would have put me over the threshold of views within one year to partner with YouTube in their advertising program.
I am left with a bitter pill to swallow after spending a lot of work and dedication as a content creator. I put in money and time and do not even get a chance to undo whatever YouTube claims I did. We live in times where political preferences can get you fired and banned, “free” speech is going dangerously backward. People get offended by everything, I mean, for example, I make a highlight video of happy moments with a baby, and 268 people of 100K put thumbs down? We live in strange times. I still hope this gets resolved, and Team Twitter YouTube is always communicating, not fast enough, in my opinion, but I am sure they are understaffed). The questions and my request to solve the matter are unanswered. They know perfectly well if I would have to blur everybody, remove my thumbnail and sound, etc., there is no video left, and it would not be worth keeping the URL link. Why so sketchy, just indicate which content should be blurred and what I should do and I will comply. I wish I could be jumping for Joy, reaching 10K. subscribers, the problem is YouTube can do this at will with anybody, and you can’t change a thing. For my future content, it worries me as I made funny videos and not age-restricted videos. Common YouTube, you need happy content creators producing successful viral videos. It is now almost ten days and the video is still stuck in private mode, communication practical zero, so disappointing.