Arthur McDaniel, better known by his YouTube handle TheGamerFromMars, had one of his videos taken down recently under YouTube’s policy for harassment and bullying. The video titled “The YouTube Predators” was uploaded three years ago, but is currently unavailable. In it, TheGamerFromMars exposed convicted child predators, and had no issues for the past several years, which is even stranger now since the video is removed unexpectedly. This is not the first time that YouTube had wrongfully and forcefully removed a video under the pretense of “harassment and bullying”.
TheGamerFromMars has a subscriber count of 1.1M, and his videos have a large viewer base, so having one of his videos wrongfully taken down was a shock to many. It is unknown if and when the video will be reinstated, as YouTube did claim that the video broke the rules. Recently, YouTube posted another reply to TheGamerFromMars’ tweet.
Fans recounted this incident as similar to what happened to another YouTuber, MamaMax, whose pedophile expose video got taken down a few years ago as well. This started the hashtag trend #PickASideYouTube, which forced the corporation to pick between child safety and predators. Ultimately, MamaMax’s video was reinstated and is currently available for viewing on his YouTube page.
YouTube has placed strict policies regarding bullying and harassment, with disregard for who is on the receiving side. Some users are not so lucky with having their videos reinstated, and most of the videos don’t make it past YouTube’s quality checks. There were also issues with YouTube’s copyright protection system, and there was a time when there was a large influx of video takedowns. Only time will tell if YouTube will finally review its policies and make the platform less stringent for its users.
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