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YouTube is hiding custom thumbnails on videos about Twitch streamers Alinity and InvaderVie

It’s unclear when or if YouTube will be resolving the issue.
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Twitch streamers Alinity and InvaderVie were both recently involved in controversies that were widely talked about in the YouTube commentary community.

Alinity was accused of being given preferential treatment by Twitch when she only received a 24-hour ban after a recent nip slip while InvaderVie was slammed after she donation shamed some of her viewers and described them as “cheapskates.”

And now, the custom thumbnails on most of the YouTube videos that covered either of these stories are being hidden when users search for “alinity” or “invaderVie.”

YouTube is hiding custom thumbnails on most of the videos when users search for “alinity”
YouTube is hiding custom thumbnails on most of the videos when users search for “alinity”
YouTube is hiding custom thumbnails on most of the videos when users search for “invadervie”
YouTube is hiding custom thumbnails on most of the videos when users search for “invadervie”

Instead of displaying the custom thumbnail, YouTube is displaying a snapshot from the videos in the search results for these terms.

YouTube has told Kavos, one of the YouTube commentators who noticed the custom thumbnail was being hidden on his Alinity video, that the issue may be related to automated systems flagging the thumbnail as “potentially violative.”

YouTube told Kavos that the thumbnails may have been automatically flagged as “potentially violative” (Twitter - TeamYouTube, Kavos)
YouTube told Kavos that the thumbnails may have been automatically flagged as “potentially violative” (Twitter – TeamYouTube, Kavos)

And YouTube commentary channel Krzair News was told by YouTube that its Alinity thumbnail had been removed for violating community guidelines.

YouTube told Krzair News that its Alinity thumbnail had been removed for violating community guidelines (Twitter - @krazy_b34r)
YouTube told Krzair News that its Alinity thumbnail had been removed for violating community guidelines (Twitter – @krazy_b34r)

However, the messages to Kavos and Krzair News don’t add up because the thumbnails are still visible on YouTube and only seem to be hidden when searching specifically for “alinity” or “invadervie.”

Searching for videos about either streamer from a specific channel (e.g. “alinity streamertv”, “invadervie itsagundam”) returns custom thumbnails and Krzair News’ Alinity thumbnail is still visible on its channel page.

Custom thumbnails are visible in the YouTube search results for “alinity streamertv”, “alinity kavos”, and “alinity scarce”
Custom thumbnails are visible in the YouTube search results for “alinity streamertv”, “alinity kavos”, and “alinity scarce”
Custom thumbnails are visible in the YouTube search results for “invadervie itsagundam”, “invadervie defranco does”, and “invadervie mrlewdacris”
Custom thumbnails are visible in the YouTube search results for “invadervie itsagundam”, “invadervie defranco does”, and “invadervie mrlewdacris”
The Krzair News Alinity thumbnail is still visible on the channel (YouTube - Krzair News)
The Krzair News Alinity thumbnail is still visible on the channel (YouTube – Krzair News)

Whatever is causing the issue also appears to be tied to these specific search terms.

Searching for other Twitch streamers who have been the subject of recent major stories in the YouTube commentary community returns custom thumbnails.

For example, the search results for “katerino”, which feature YouTube commentators covering her recent cheating scandal, and “tfue”, which feature YouTube commentators discussing him recently leaking YouTuber MrBeast’s phone number and the link to a charity tournament, all have custom thumbnails.

The YouTube search results for “katerino” all have custom thumbnails The YouTube search results for “katerino” all have custom thumbnails
The YouTube search results for “katerino” all have custom thumbnails
The YouTube search results for “tfue” all have custom thumbnails
The YouTube search results for “tfue” all have custom thumbnails

It’s unclear when or if this issue will be resolved but when commenting on the issue, YouTube suggested it will likely take a while and pointed to having fewer people available to review content and delayed appeals.

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