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YouTube thought my Steam Deck video was 'harmful and dangerous'

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Here is your daily dose of what the heck? YouTube and the mighty algorithm decided for no apparent reason, that my Steam Deck video was "harmful and dangerous".

Over the last few months the GamingOnLinux YouTube channel has managed to gain around triple the amount of followers it once had. This is mainly due to the Steam Deck, and my decision to cover updates to it both in articles and in short concise videos (and people seem to really like the format).

According to YouTube though, this video was just a step too far:

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An email lands in my inbox from YouTube, noting it was removed for violations against their "harmful and dangerous policy". That's right, the Steam Deck is a dangerous weapon and we should all need to carry around a license or something? Perhaps having two of them and dual-wielding is just too much for YouTube.

Thankfully, after going through the appeals process, the video was restored.

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It's another reminder that moderation bots are stupid and having all your eggs in one basket is not a great idea either.

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Mohandevir 19 Aug
Probably the bot made this decisions based on "The fear of the unknown"!

Ridiculous!
Lucky you were able to get the video restored..... A lot of other YouTubers have not been so lucky.....
damarrin 19 Aug
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I like how they write their team has reviewed the content where it's obvious no human has looked at it at that point.
nPHYN1T3 19 Aug
Cue the post obligatory post on Odysee comment with all the other Open Source / FOSS people. ;p
Pendragon 19 Aug
Quoting: nPHYN1T3Cue the post obligatory post on Odysee comment with all the other Open Source / FOSS people. ;p

Youtube really does suck though ... case in point: look up "Totally Not Mark" on Youtube
nPHYN1T3 19 Aug
Quoting: PendragonYoutube really does suck though ... case in point: look up "Totally Not Mark" on Youtube

Yes it does. Sadly as things like this become more automated they will also become more abusive and gamey. (Cue the recent Copyright scam that was going on for latin music claims.) Comically I have wanted to do a video for years about how YT has found excuses to revoke creator revenue while taking it for themselves which has turned Youtube into a platform of pan handlers. Just like walking a side walk with countless homeless beggars rattling cups with coins stamped with "Like", "Subscribe", "Comment", "Payment Platform" and "Bell." PLEASE Dear Sir and Madam, just one like! Noting this sidewalk is beside the place where said panhandler works "for free" because YT has decided some arbitrary reason invalidates their their need to pay them when their video and work still brought in money to be split.


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drjoms 19 Aug
Not amazing.
Alphabet/Google/Youtube become authoritarian trash.
ShabbyX 19 Aug
While this was obviously a bug in their algorithm, said algorithm is also preventing brainwash videos from turning your child into a terrorist, racist etc.

Would you have rathered such an algorithm not exist? People should bear in mind the terrible complexity that such an algorithm entails. Can *you* code such an algorithm? If not, you can't expect it all to work flawlessly.
Maybe an Odysee mirror? I'm not sure if they've implemented a 'st0opitr0n' bot yet.
slaapliedje 19 Aug
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haha, were you trying to subvert the populous to your Linux-gaming ways? Evil Liam, plotting to overthrow the governments of the world with your Steam Deck news!
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