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Scratch the "not suitable for advertisers" algorithm at YouTube

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Recently, YouTube deployed an algorithm meant to scrub thru content uploaded to channels and flag things that might be “unsuitable for all advertisers.” This algorithm is busted. It does not work properly. It has continuously flagged very safe-for-work, very politically correct YouTube videos. These videos contain no language that falls under the categories of: threatening or malicious. The content breaks no copyright law. The content does not include language that would harm a child or offend any ethnicity, religion or race.

For example, one such “flagged video” was a detailed analysis of a character from a book. It was a character analysis much like one does while in college. The video was spoken word with an original art piece (still) being the only image. The author was of course cited and the speaker/content provider directed the reader to the specific places they could find the read passages. There was no profanity used. There was no baiting. It was a simple character analysis. How can something so SAFE be flagged as unsuitable for all advertisers.

We, as YouTube consumers and end-users ask that YouTube immediately end the use of this algorithm pending investigation of its accuracy. It should not be the responsibility of content providers nor viewers to prove such accusations false if the “accuser” is a broken algorithm. Content providers and viewers alike understand the need for advertisement. The need for a means to curtail unsavory activity that is offensive to advertisers is also understandable. However this algorithm does not perform its intended function. Stop this immediately.

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