Shooter accused #Youtube of censoring and de-monitizing her videos

Police were notified about the shooter by her family and met with the shooter overnight Tuesday, before she went on a shooting rampage. After police notified the family they had found her, the family called the police back and notified the police they were worried she was going to engage Youtube. A few hours later, she shot up Youtube.

She said she was “filtered” by Youtube and Instagram. The vegan, anti-animal cruelty activist then attempted to murder many Youtube staff.

Much more here.

There is likely more to this story. “De-monitizing” videos refers to Youtube’s practice of turning off ad revenue to some videos including for unclear reasons. A photographer, posting a “how to” video saw his videos switched to de-monitized status as soon as he uploaded some of them. It would take days to have their status changed so that he could earn ad revenue; for many video producers, the first few days of viewing are the most lucrative. He posted a video showing Youtube demonitizing his video, in real time, immediately after he uploaded one. Numerous Youtube content producers have complained that Youtube is doing something odd and does not provide an explanation for what is occurring.

Youtube has its own social media problems independent of surveillance and propaganda.

Some of the problems could be similar to Facebook’s problem – too many users posting too much content to the point that Youtube is collapsing in on itself. It has been widely reported in the past that Youtube has become a “winner take all” market where a small number of users reap most of the rewards and new Youtubers are cut off, both by the reality of their now being too many content producers, and by Youtube policies that have cut new channels out of revenue opportunities. Youtube makes money off content produced by others, most of whom receive no earnings.

This is undoubtedly a complex story. It is one example of how social media has, unfortunately, driven some to violence (for any number of reasons). Youtube stars have been killed. In February, someone drove from New Mexico to Texas, broke into a home of a Youtube star and unsuccessfully tried to kill him and kidnap his wife. A young European maker of funny videos was “doxxed” by hackers, when her name, address, and names, address and phone numbers of her family were posted online. And many more examples.

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