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Old 04-25-2018, 10:15 PM #1
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YouTube Continues Its Cannabis Purge and Nobody Knows Why

A few weeks ago, Sam Houston, a California cannabis aficionado, was checking out some of his favorite YouTube channels when he noticed a trend. One by one, accounts such as those run by users “Vader OG” and the horticulturalist known as Jorge Cervantes were being shut down. All were given the same ominous message: The channel’s content had been flagged for review and was found to violate YouTube’s guidelines.


For the last month, the global video platform has been shutting down a wide swath of cannabis channels, often with little or no warning.
Houston, who works as a community manager in San Francisco, was perplexed. Those channels have been around for a long time. Some were showing or discussing cannabis growing techniques or sharing the trials and tribulations of growing the plant. Most were merely informational videos, not sexually explicit or dangerous in any way.
Houston wasn’t alone. His frustration has been felt across the entire community of cannabis YouTube content creators. For the last month, the global video platform has been shutting down a wide swath of cannabis channels, often with little or no warning. Two years ago, Facebook famously shut down many cannabis-related accounts, but YouTube has always been much friendlier and more tolerant of cannabis material.
The move, which came with no public notice from YouTube, has the cannabis world confounded. It comes as an abrupt about-face at a time when cannabis is gaining wider social acceptance. The plant remains federally illegal, but only a small handful of states outlaw it in all forms.


YouTube’s Warning Flags

Dylan Osborn is the founder of Greenbox Grown. It’s a site and channel aimed at teaching people how to grow their own medicine “without spending too much money or without too much time or effort,” he told Leafly. YouTube flagged the channel a few weeks ago.
That channel boasted 13,000 subscribers and more than 200 videos. Many of them were instructional how-to videos, along with strain reviews. Several months ago Osborn started getting flagged, the “sixth time in the last four months,” he estimated. But he’d always be reinstated with a quick email.
This time, though, it wasn’t just his channel. “You could tell it was different,” he said. “Lots of other channels were getting taken down, channels that had been around for years and years.”
Why Cannabis? Why Now?

Osborn expressed frustration at the inability to figure out how exactly he was suddenly violating the channel’s rules. “There are tons of other videos violating content guidelines that aren’t cannabis related,” he said. “You can watch videos about how to make bombs out of household items on YouTube all day.”
Osborn has since switched to self-hosting his videos and charging a $14.99 monthly subscription fee.


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Old 04-25-2018, 10:34 PM #2
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Follow the money. When you feel like puking, you'll have figured it out.

Who stands to lose hundreds of billions of dollars to cannabis? I'd suggest starting your investigation with those folks.
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Old 04-25-2018, 11:36 PM #3
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I paid a web guy to develop my own personal youtube. I'm 64 years old I got tired of favorite video's being taken down. When will some enterprising young person develop a competing source to you tube?
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Old 04-26-2018, 01:07 AM #5
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Yea, it's most likely catering towards advertisers (money) and making the site more family friendly. Weed, while it's getting more "every day'ish" & accepted by lawmakers and I guess the general public, is still illegal in most parts of the planet. YT got scared little over a year ago when some big money advertisers noticed their ads playing before some ISIS Jihad videos and shit like that, and pulled out big bucks. So YT-bigwigs overreacted and demonetized a lot of channels and stuff they deemed too violent or whatever and left em hanging for a while. Like I follow a couple of wrestling podcasts on youtube. Around Wrestlemania time last year, all said hits and views are increasing, but ad-revenue is almost zero, cause YT deemed pro-rasslin too violent of whatever. I think it's better for em now, but I wouldn't trust YT to treat stuff like weed better, for reasons I stated earlier. They even messed with a few gaming channels who were doing stuff like Minecraft, so anything can happen before they think things thru.

Also, I don't think 13,000 subs for a channel is something they would regret killing off. When you hit 100k subs or something, they might start to care more. Cause money.

Anyways, there's stuff like Vimeo and Dailymotion who are more lenient towards what videos and subjects ppl upload and watch. Sure they aren't as big as YT, but there u go.
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Replacement for Youtube. No one can take your videos down AND you can get paid in cryptocurrency for your videos.
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A similar thing happened with the gun channels on youtube a few years back. Youtube just started deleting them saying “they were flagged”.

Personally I think Youtube is geared for profit$$ and mainstream they do not want to much weed, “drugs”,guns,etc showing
up.

If you produce internet materiel you should never relay on someones website.

-Get your own website put a vimeo(or similar video hosting) feed in it.
-Support the little guy, host a percentage of videos on the next up and coming youtube competitor
-Only put 30%-40% of you videos on youtube and put links to your other outlets.

Bottom line, it is youtubes/google/major monopoly's site not “your” channel. They can do anything with their website they want(or their shareholder agree to). You can do anything with your site, so create it and don't feed the monopolistic problem.
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Old 04-26-2018, 04:10 PM #9
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The Owner's of the channels are making money from Youtube. Youtube doesn't want anything to do with paying someone for federally illegal activities.

Making a profit, cannabis and banking are still not a combo at federal level.

That is my take on the situation.
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Pretty clear why youtube doesn't want cannabis........ They don't want open minds.
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