“Harmful and dangerous” seems to be YouTube’s new favorite go-to phrase when notifying creators that their videos had been taken down. Worse still – that’s about all this tech behemoth is willing to reveal by way of its reasoning and justification behind the decisions based on its habitually murky strike-and-content-removal policy.
After a number of similar – and similarly poorly transparent – takedowns that hit the crypto community on YouTube over the past couple of days, it was now the turn of Louis Rossmann, a right to repair advocate and pro laptop repair guy, to receive his strike. He, too, has apparently uploaded content on YouTube that’s “harmful and dangerous.”
(Spoiler: the titles of the harmful videos the giant has removed contain such words as, “angry,” “kitten,” and – “clinton.”)
YouTube, as ever – in what at this point looks like utter disregard, if not disdain for its creators – simply shoots first, removing content – and then lets YouTubers “appeal the decision” later. If they like.
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Rossmann has over one million subscribers on his channel that is devoted to laptop repairs and teaching customers how to exercise their right to repair the hardware they buy – often specifically MacBooks. Given Apple’s appalling track record when it comes to allowing people purchasing its pricey devices to actually own them – by being able to legally and independently modify or repair that hardware – you’d think Rossmann’s mission was already always a minefield.
But who knew it wouldn’t be Apple but YouTube itself moving against him. Nevermind all the real-world problems faced by Apple customers locked in an ecosystem so ruthless that it’s capable of sustaining such a thing as “right to repair advocacy” – surely something that must be human right anyway, in any democracy?
As Rossmann himself writes in a post, accompanied by a screenshot of the notification he received from YouTube – “I’m struggling to understand how Blackberry or Clinton meowing is harmful or dangerous content.”