Put an END to YouTube Censorship! (Change your policies, YouTube!)

Put an END to YouTube Censorship! (Change your policies, YouTube!)

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Stop YouTube Censorship started this petition to Youtube CEO Susan Wojcicki and

(Petition description updated as of 8/23/20 10:51AM EST)

As of December 2019, YouTube took a stronger stance on "Creator on Creator harassment", but this new policy,
(Shown here: https://youtube.googleblog.com/2019/12/an-update-to-our-harassment-policy.html has made many commentary YouTubers (many of those who have purely satirical content) have their videos flagged, taken down, demonitized, or their channel deleted entirely (Mumkey Jones, Leafy, and SO MANY MORE!).

Leafy, a content creator who works hard and points out some of the craziest content on YouTube and makes a video about them, commenting and critiquing people, gives his audience of 5 million a good laugh. Some would call him a comedian, but to YouTube's team, he might as well be called a criminal.

In many of his videos, he's had a disclaimer:

"*Please don't go out of your way to "witchhunt" anyone that I have talked about in these videos. This channel's purpose is to entertain people and not to spread hate to anyone else's channels. I have no ill will towards anyone I make videos about.*"

But yet, like many other content creators, Leafy still is a target by YouTube, and it's solely due to the crack down on YouTube's "harassment" policy. They need to reform or remove their policy entirely, to allow such creators to be able to speak their mind without having to worry about making less money or being deleted entirely! As of the week of 6/2/20, leafy was only one strike away from having his channel deleted. After this raised a lot of discussion on twitter, YouTube was forced to respond to Leafy and ended up removing all of the strikes. Leafy publicly seemed to give YouTube another shot, maybe it's not as bad, but he was once again, just only a few days later, violated by YouTube. On June 9th, 2020, he tried to release a video that many of his fans found entertaining. But YouTube put monetization limits on his video due to "Discussing modern acts of terror, or commenting on a controversial subject" (https://twitter.com/Leafy/status/1270419001831636993/photo/1 The worst part is, it was apparently reviewed by a YouTube employee. When you watch the video, you don't see any acts of terror, you just see a YouTuber, voicing their opinion on videos that they feel are funny/useless, and as leafy commonly does, he makes a joke out of things, not being serious. As many people who have been watching him recently, he is definitely less "offensive" since back in 2016. [upcoming sarcasm alert]: But hey, YouTube, just keep on invading content creators! Why not, right? Why should a big powerful company care?

Leafy has NOT threatened anyone with harm, he's only critiqued them! And yet, YouTube removes his videos, demonetizes them, and thus silencing all of our voices.

Update as of 8/22/2020: Leafy and his entire channel with 4 million subscribers is now terminated, with no explanation. Content, views, hard work, all gone. Even if you disagreed with Leafy's content, you have to admit that it is scary how his channel could be taken down instantly without any warning, any reasoning, or any explanation. Way to protect your creators YouTube. I wonder who's next... could it be you?

The sole and only reason for YouTube taking down channels, flagging videos, and removing videos for idiotic reasons (like Mumkey Jones & Leafy) is the way they get rid of YouTubers that are against them and/or disliked. This type of behavior should not be tolerated, but it will not be stopped unless we ALL join together against the censorship.

Some places have "Freedom of Speech" and YouTube isn't such a place! This petition is strictly to encourage YouTube to give content creators a peace of mind knowing "I'm not gonna be deleted, flagged, or demonitized instantly based on something I said".

YouTube has proven after deleting many channels and videos that they do not care about the common YouTuber feeling secure. The "harassment" policies linked in this petition prevents criticism, satire, and funny content that millions have loved, and completely tears down the entire commentary community. There NEEDS to be policies in place to protect YouTubers from getting their videos removed from voicing their voice, and creators NEED to feel protected. CHANGE is wanted, YouTube, and you need to hear what people want.

As the saying goes,
"What happened? You used to be cool!"
Too much control, censorship, and lack of care for your creators, YouTube.

I would really advise watching this documentary, as it's really educational about YouTube's ways: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ye22ctrq71g&t=1s

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