On Thursday, many prominent YouTubers staged a revolt on Twitter after the site unveiled "tightened" guidelines to make videos "advertiser friendly" that some are calling overly restrictive. These new restrictions include bans on swearing and anything deemed "graphic," but as one YouTube Creator learned, these rules are broad enough to include discussions of current events and regular news stories.
YouTubers, who make decent amounts of their income via monetized videos on their channels, are not pleased with these new rules and took to Twitter to express their anger with the hashtag #YouTubeIsOverParty.
The trend started when popular YouTuber Phil DeFranco released a video informing his fans that YouTube was de-monetizing about 40 of his videos after they were deemed to be "not advertiser-friendly." While DeFranco says that he recognizes that it's YouTube's right to do this, he doesn't agree with these policies and thinks that the de-monetization policies are effectively YouTube's ways of making sure that only certain types of videos are posted to the site.
Other Creators agreed with DeFranco's sentiment, with many pointing out that a PG, kid-friendly version of YouTube already exists:
"If it ain't broke don't fix it" #YouTubeIsOverParty— YouTuber Updates (@YouTuberUpdates) September 1, 2016