Today I woke up to an email from YouTube informing me that my YouTube channel (Gonootropics) had been suspended for violating community guidelines.
Actually, I received 2 emails. The first email was regarding a SECOND strike on my account for a Modafinil video I uploaded. I was thinking…okay, that sucks but my channel is still up. At that point I already had it in my mind to create second backup channel and shoot a video telling my subscribers what was going on. If shit did hit the fan at least I would still have a percentage of my most loyal subscribers on the new channel.
Then the second email came in flat out telling me my the channel had been suspended. Oh snap.
Other channels effected as far as I can tell:
- Menthol Kratom
- Kratom Hippie
Custom Grow 420 was also closed down and deleted. YouTube is not messing around.
What’s going on?
After receiving and appealing my first community strike months ago I knew the channel was in a seriously vulnerable position. Nootropics is not a mainstream topic of discussion and YouTube had already been making it very clear that the platform was favoring advertisers over creators. If you remember, the adpocalypse created a huge shift in the companies perspective on content as major advertisers LEFT the platform because of the types of videos YouTube was allowing their ads to run on.
When the money leaves you begin to scramble to find a solution. That solution for YouTube was demonetizing wide swathes of videos across an impressive landscape of genres and topics. Many creators making a living off their videos saw their revenues sink dramatically overnight. Luckily, I didn’t depend on the channel as a major source of income.
I’ve taken the first steps and submitted an appeal. I believe I have a good shot at getting the channel restored, knock on wood. What people don’t understand is these wide swathe deletions are bots going through and executing a process. Humans are not involved. Making an appeal gets the channel in front of a real person. With any luck, they will read my pathetic words of groveling and restore the channel to former glory.
If YouTube decides not to restore the channel, I will explore other avenues for my videos.
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