YouTube’s Crackdown on Gambling Channels
Gambling vloggers beware – YouTube has started shutting down gambling channels. Not only is the platform shutting them down, but it’s also doing so without warning.
Indeed, YouTube seems to have started a crusade against gambling. Earlier this June, a number of channels were outright blocked (temporarily and permanently) and without a moment’s notice. Interestingly, YouTube blocked all the channels for “repeated and severe” violations. This refers to YouTube’s policy of blocking channels that promote “violent and dangerous acts.” However, nowhere does YouTube state that gambling channels promote this kind of content. It seems that YouTube is blocking this type of content because gambling can be highly addictive, making it a “dangerous act.”
So, what does this mean for active gambling vloggers? Put simply – they’re in danger. With the WSOP going on, there will be plenty of players who’ll want to share the experience with their fans. However, it only takes one user to flag a video, and YouTube will take down the channel.
But this isn’t the first time YouTube has done this. Earlier this year, YouTube decided to put a minimum subscriber requirement in effect. This new rule requires a channel to have a certain number of subscribers before they can monetise their assets. Naturally, the majority of channels lost their monetisation in an instant.
Alas, YouTube gave no response regarding both these policies. Only a small number of top channels can get a response directly from the platform; the rest are sitting in the dark, waiting for YouTube to show its magnanimous side once again.
So, if you love to record gameplay of your favourite PayPal casinos, betting platforms, etc., it’s best to lay low for a while. Some of the channels are being de-blocked, so this might be a bug in the system. But for now, keep your head down, and let’s hope this storm blows over soon.