A demonstration of YouTube's censorship
  • a few years ago i wrote a script to upload wikipedia articles onto youtube.

    it would transcribe the article using a text-to-speech engine, and create a slideshow of the article images. it uploaded 3100 videos across a wide range of topics.

    this has allowed me to sort of track youtube's increasing censorship/authoritarian policies over the years and is illuminating. all of these videos were monetized too, so it has also given me a glimpse into demonetization policies. both video deletion and demonetization have become more common over the years.
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  • That's a neat idea. Are many or any of your videos still up? How many views did you get?

    I had an idea for a programming YouTube channel where I just read documentation for different programming languages and worked through examples while recording myself. I figured it would let me simultaneously learn and improve and also potentially create material that other people could learn from. Didn't get many views though.
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  • Are many or any of your videos still up?

    over 1000

    How many views did you get?
    avg 500-1000, mots was 200k on 'human sexual activity' 20k on 'cunninglingus' by mainly indians looking for porn, but not knowing where they should search
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  • I wonder if there is a way to determine whether this behavior is generated by an algorithm or if it is curated.
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  • Never mind, either this has been fixed or the video is a hack. I see a "Latest from..." section immediately below the channel in the search results that shows videos from the search term's channel.
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