Using Twitter as a means to be heard, multiple YouTubers claim that the video platform has been removing channels even though they comply with community standards.
YouTube history and canceled channels
In November 2019, YouTube updated its usage policies by applying new wide-reaching harassment restrictions to all channels.
Since December, many unjustified bans have been raised, even on large channels with more than a million subscribers.
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The first case of notable importance was that of XboxAddictionz, who had 3.6 million followers and uploaded content at a constant pace.
YouTube suspended / terminated my channel today. No warnings or strikes on my account. 8 years & 3M+ subscribers just gone. I’m hoping there is some way to get it back
— XA (@XboxAddictionz) December 5, 2019
Now more cases are being reported.
The three YouTubers: ProPepper, TheMasterOfLuck, and InTrollsive, have claimed the same thing that XboxAddictionz said in December, reporting that they never received warnings of any kind from YouTube and that their channels have been shut down.
Nearly two months ago YouTube terminated my account without warning and the same thing just happened to @TheMasterOfLuck @ProPepper & @InTrollsive .. YouTube is completely getting rid of trolling channels all together
— XA (@XboxAddictionz) February 3, 2020
According to the four affected, in all the time they had been making videos they had never suffered from any previous sanction, so they do know the reasons for the ban, and YouTube hasn’t specifically told them.
In several cases, the affected YouTubers have expressed that they have worked for years to get the number of subscribers they had.
XboxAddictionz had more than 8 years on the platform and had uploaded a considerable amount of content, which is no longer available.
Next on the list, by the number of subscribers, is ProPepper, which already had more than 2.3 million.
This morning, my YouTube channel was wrongfully terminated
Please look into this @TeamYouTube. You stated that I’ve violated community guidelines, but this is a mistake. My channel/videos all fall well within the guidelines advised by your teamhttps://t.co/FnfTkAxvY7 pic.twitter.com/0Q5IiommxY
— ProPepper (@ProPepper) February 3, 2020
In his tweet, he says that all his videos respected the standards set by YouTube staff and his channel has been removed without warning.
Then there is InTrollsive case. The channel had just over a million subscribers.
My YouTube channel was Terminated this morning without any warning & I’ve never broken a single YouTube guideline or received a copyright strike. I’ve been a content creator since 2013 and losing a channel I worked so hard for is heart breaking.
— InTrollsive (@InTrollsive) February 3, 2020
Finally, there is Master Of Luck – the YouTuber was dedicated to making videos of heavy jokes, and in 5 years of career had already exceeded one million subscribers.
The worst thing about this is I have lost all the videos I uploaded more than 1 year ago. Those are videos I cherished and always re-watched time and time again as it’s nostalgic and reminds me where I came from. Now they’re gone. Along with all my playlists and liked videos :/
— William Tyler (@TheMasterOfLuck) February 3, 2020
Master Of Luck expressed his outrage that YouTubers like JayStation were allowed on the platform and he was not.