A famous YouTuber named jacksepticeye brought to light YouTube’s content moderation issues after coryxkenshin, who initially made a YouTube video titled “YouTube: Racism and Favoritism,” talking about his experience with YouTube’s content moderation.
jacksepticeye highlighted some of the core issues in YouTube’s moderation system when he uploaded a video on the eye tracker challenge. In short, he uploaded a video that got flagged and submitted an appeal for a manual. After two days, he received the green light that the video was advertising-friendly.
However, as time passed, the video suddenly got flagged again because someone from YouTube rechecked it and found the video unsuitable for advertisers.
Now, this begs the question, if the video was unsuitable for advertisers in the first place, why did they approve it? There’s something wrong with YouTube’s content moderation system, which is not very good for creators. You can find more details in jacksepticeye’s video here:
This drama started when cory uploaded a gameplay video of “The Mortuary Assistant.” The game contains some self-harm sections which are not suitable for underage kids. After uploading his video, it got age-restricted. Later he submitted an appeal to recheck the video, but within a few minutes, he got a reply saying that they were not going to remove the age restriction.
Cory finds some videos containing similar footage to his video. Especially Markiplier’s video, which is almost identical. He contacted his YouTube representative about this issue, and his YouTube rep talked with his content moderation team, and they removed the age restriction.
This move from YouTube made Cory angrier. He prepared a giant email about the issue of why his video is measured based on his fellow YouTuber’s videos. After his email, YouTube age-restricted Cory’s and Markiplier’s videos on The Mortuary Assistant.
Then he decided to make his video that YouTube either has racism, favoritism, or both. You can find more about his story in this video:
For context, Cory is a viral YouTuber with over 14 million subscribers. He received massive support from all YouTubers and streamers, including several prominent creators like jacksepticeye, Asmongold, and Ludwig. He is the kind of guy who even beeps the curse words from the game itself.