YouTubers Claim YouTube is Very Broken Right Now.


Over the past 72 hours, YouTubers have been complaining on X about everything from delayed comments to a noticeable decline in revenue and even videos being removed by Google for nebulous reasons after being online for years.

So what’s going on here?

I’m guessing it’s another one of Google’s infamous unannounced algorithm updates, like the March 2024 update that decimated search traffic for many blogs and news sites.

Google claims the update was designed to filter out “spammy” results from clickbait content farms and gratuitous use of AI, but they seem to be using AI themselves to determine what content gets purged or demoted in rankings. Google News, in particular, is a hot mess.

So what does that have to do with YouTube?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, Google owns YouTube. In fact, it’s one of their flagship products. And it definitely isn’t immune to random, unannounced algorithm changes.

In fact, many longtime YouTube content creators have announced their retirements from the platform over the past year, and I have to wonder if these algorithm changes aren’t a driving force behind that.

There’s no guarantee that there will be room for the “you” in YouTube six months from now, let alone six years from now.

Fast forward to the past 72 hours…

So that’s a very, very high-altitude overview of what’s going on in the Google space. More recently, YouTubers are noticing some weird changes in the algorithm, their comments, their metrics and even their earnings.

Longtime YouTuber Keemstar asked if anyone else has seen this funkiness, and the replies seem to confirm that it’s a site-wide issue.

Complaints include comments not showing (I’ve seen this myself in recent videos), wrong view counts, subscribers not being notified of content, and more. Granted, some of these issues are certainly not new, but the “glitches” are so noticeable that everyone is asking questions.

Other YouTubers are being very vocal about their ad revenue taking a hit since last fall.

Even the world’s biggest YouTuber, MrBeast, is taking money from Amazon. Likely to shore up his presence outside the platform… just in case.

But wait, it gets even worse.

YouTube is purging years-old videos over politics?

On top of the algorithm shift, and on top of the monetization hit, Google is now reportedly removing old videos that violate their current year Terms of Service.

Political commentator Tim Pool is claiming that YouTube removed several of his livestreams without warning, with Google claiming that they violated their Terms of Service.

One pulled episode reportedly featured a discussion among Joe Rogan, Alex Jones, Blaire White, and Michael Malice about hot-button issues like the Kyle Rittenhouse trial and the border crisis.

“Youtube has declared war on Timcast IRL retroactively enforcing rules against our 2 biggest shows ever featuring Joe Rogan, Michael Malice, and Alex Jones,” Pool wrote.

Alex Jones was infamously banned from YouTube, however Joe Rogan is the most popular podcaster on the planet right now, and has had his deal with Spotify renewed.

So are these algorithm changes actually about what’s sure to be a very contentious 2024 election, about the AI horse getting away from the cart, or just a perfect storm of many different factors?

Whatever the case may be, it’s not a great time to be a content creator. Google was the glue that held all these websites together and let people get found.

We’re seeing what a world looks like without Google. Because for many content creators and journalists, it’ll be practically worthless going forward.

This is partly why we’ve decided to reactivate our Patreon after six years. Despite my having some reservations about the platform, direct sponsorship of creators is probably the way forward for many.

However, that’s assuming you already have an audience. Discovering new voices is going to be a lot harder.

Hopefully, that’s not the point of the algorithm change.



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Thom 'Kneon' Pratt
A 'sassy chud' and the most dangerous bobbing cartoon head on YouTube. Cartoonist, Co-host of Clownfish TV, Owner of Clownfish Studios and Publisher of ClownfishTV.com. Opinions MINE.

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