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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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Quoting: Penglingthanks to The Algorithm. (I'm not one for conspiracy theories, but I admit that this one made me raise an eyebrow considering how profitable "craft hacks" videos are known to be. )

"The Algorithm" is only as good and as biased the person who wrote it.....
RedWare64 19 Aug
Quoting: StalePopcornMaybe an Odysee mirror? I'm not sure if they've implemented a 'st0opitr0n' bot yet.
If Liam hasn't done it already, he can create a GOL channel on Odysee and sync it to the YouTube channel. Whenever he uploads a video on YouTube, the same video automatically uploads on Odysee. So even if YouTube takes his video down, the same one is still up on Odysee and Liam will not need to do any additional work for preservation.
jayc 19 Aug
Does anyone know if the bot, while being wrong, still left a data point of the channel being bad?

I have a vague idea that sometimes, even when someone reverts the bot bad decision the creator still suffers. One of those cases is when a video is wrongly demonetized. You can't re-upload so it's treat as a new video and shown to people because the bot penalizes re-uploads.

Still, the bot is probably doing an average good job on flagging videos but it's very scary when a wrong bot decision can destroy a content creator investment.
Cyril 20 Aug
Sorry guys, but the only real good alternative out there is Peertube.
TheRiddick 20 Aug
Dangerous and Harmful to Windows... can't have that!

I use myself on occasion. It seems fine but you will find allot more right wing nuts on the platform, but such is life..

Peertube looks to be a library of content that has no categories unless you build it yourself. Easy to miss 90% of the content you may like on it.

Last edited by TheRiddick on 20 August 2022 at 12:05 am UTC
Botonoski 20 Aug
Dangerous to my wallet perhaps. I know I won't use a Steam Deck enough to justify a purchase, but the constant coverage from a plethora of places makes it tantalizing regardless.
Rooster 20 Aug
Reminds me of when a chess video on Youtube was flagged as racist, because the algorithm picked up on: "White is much better than black in this position"
mitcoes 20 Aug
SUGGESTION: Make a LBRY / Odysee account, even if it is only for backup, and censored videos.
They let you link your youtube account, and perhaps you receive some more money from them.
Lamdarer 20 Aug
Quoting: CyrilSorry guys, but the only real good alternative out there is Peertube.
Biggest downside is that there is not really a PeerTube Player for Desktop not to mention one which bundles YT and PeerTube. Thats why I mostly watch YT with FreeTube on Desktop maybe I should try setting up NewPipe for Linux.
PS: There is TubeFeeder but it doesnt really work and is mainly designed for Linux Phones.
Welcome to the modern world and future

If this bill passes:

Well, you best keep your opinions to yourself if they differ from others

Edit: I am probably biased though seeing as for many years I have been a supporter and financial contributor to the EFF and FSF

Last edited by BlackBloodRum on 20 August 2022 at 10:52 am UTC
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