The Great YouTube Purge (Survivor's Guide to Censorship)


CANNABIS CULTURE – YouTube has been underneath scrutiny just lately for quite a few causes. In response to advertisers complaints, they demonetized many channels with an Adpocalypse. Next, they carried out algorithms that affected natural attain. Then they began squeezing out content material that isn’t advert pleasant. All of those actions taken have been reactive, however it is necessary that they step in to average. When a platform hosts and even promotes issues like terrorism movies, and footage of a lifeless physique, one thing have to be executed. Or should it?

Squeeze out the Terpenes

The purge additionally dramatically reduce on hashish content material that was floating on the market. Educational and uplifting content material from channels like US-based Leafly, Spanish channel Marihuana Television, and Canada’s Urbanremo received the boot, even Cannabis Culture’s personal Pot TV was affected. Then it trickled down to channels with fewer followers. Channels and content material are being kicked off the goliath viewing platform to today, however there are nonetheless some rays of hope on the market.

Seven Leafs in a Free World

1) Get with the Future: Green Flower Media

Max Simon – the person behind Green Flower Media

Max Simon began Green Flower Media (GFM) in 2015 with a mission to unfold trusted hashish content material across the globe. Providing skilled information, info, and the reality about hashish, GFM de-stigmatizes the plant by sharing the way it modifications lives. His movies on YouTube have been behind a membership wall. As a results of abruptly being shut down by the behemoth, GFM made a portion of their ensuing inner platform free to the general public.


“We don’t buy or sell the plant ever, and we don’t sell products and we don’t any way shape or form infringe upon local or federal law, we didn’t think that we would get shut down by YouTube because of producing education-based content. And so it’s been shocking and painful and feels like a level of discrimination and censorship that doesn’t totally translate when you look at the details. We’ve decided to step up to the plate around the video side to fill the void.”


GFM is already accepting content material submissions from most of the people, however something aired should strictly align with their mission.


“I think YouTube just decided to make a policy about something that is kind of grey right now and since that’s the case, they’re not going to take any chances. I don’t think that they are trying to be vindictive to cannabis, I think that just like so many, they are uneducated. They are following the trendlines from the past and not following the trend lines of the present and future.”


2) She’s Positive Smash 420

Ashley has some constructive hashish smash for you

Ashley Positive Smash began her Washington State-based hashish video content material in 2016. A lonely stoner who discovered group within the viewers she constructed on-line, at one level she was virtually making a dwelling off her YouTube monetization. YouTube actually introduced so much a pleasure to me! It was the social life that I didn’t have.”

Up till two weeks in the past she was nonetheless bringing within the payments. Her channel simply received shut down with 150,000 subscribers. Where’s her content material hosted now? She has loyal subscribers who’ve adopted her to Patreon and maintains common content material on Vimeo, Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat.

“To me, the biggest thing we can do in our voices, with our social media, is say, you can’t stifle us. You can’t take away our voice. Just because you take away one platform doesn’t mean we are just going to take it.”

three) Chronic Crafting Sarah

Sarah Chronic Crafter has moved her content material to TheWeedTube. Her craft began with Color Me Cannabis, a store on Etsy the place she bought her digital hashish designs. She ultimately self-published a full size coloring e-book which and bought it on Amazon, then began up a vlog on YouTube.


She claims YouTube misplaced the imaginative and prescient. After receiving the primary strike on her video content material, she had no drawback with age-restricting her content material going ahead. Next she knew, her content material and four,000 subscribers have been gone. Sarah is disillusioned within the path YouTube is headed.


“Instead of being a platform for anyone to share their content/lives it seems they only want ad-friendly and child-friendly content. If they can’t make money off your channel by placing ads on your videos, they don’t want it on there.”


four) Coral Reefer’s Stoney Sundays

When Coral’s adventuresome and spirited hashish channel acquired pulled two weeks in the past, she was each “shocked and concurrently unsurprised. I misplaced eight years of content material and a connection to an viewers that has watched me develop up from the time I turned 21. It’s been devastating, and motivating in it’s personal method as nicely.”

Coral hosts a weekly Stoney Sundays program the place she discusses something relating to smoking up and staying excessive. Stoney Sundays should go on after YouTube, so she’s taken her video to Facebook for now.

“I want to continue to focus on the mainstream social media networks as opposed to a cannabis specific route because I think we need to fight for our representation in mainstream society as cannabis is commercialized and popularized. Independent voices of patients and enthusiasts need to be a part of the conversation and we are being excluded when social networks enforce an anti-cannabis policy.”

5) Dominique Dabs and Diego Pellicer

Now Dominique dabs to non-cannabis content material


Only considered one of Dominique Dabs’ and certainly one of Diego Pellicer’s movies have been kicked off YouTube. Lorenz Dallas, aka Dominique Dabs has a private channel on YouTube and is the Marketing Manager for Diego Pellicer’s premium marijuana model. His private “How to Roll a Blunt” video received eliminated. From his firm’s web page, “The Top Selling Products of 420” was taken down. Luckily that was the worst of it for him.

“I’ve personally just shifted my direction and planned on doing so beforehand because cannabis is just not that mainstream – not mainstream enough to monetize without an excessive amount of work.”

Instead he normalizes hashish by mixing it with leisure and music. He’s wanting into doing Twitch reside streams sooner or later. Twitch is a video gaming platform that to which some hashish content material creators have made the change.

6) Manuel Isiordia’s Recreational 420 Reviews

Manny went from being a “Youtuber” to it’s gone in at some point. That day simply occurred to be his birthday. Attempting to be probably the most politically right weed reviewer, he hasn’t discovered a brand new residence the place he can voice his ideas.

He thinks YouTube is not a group. He sees it as an advert company and sees himself as a element of the artistic manufacturing – the artistic group that simply acquired fired.

It used to be the place for the oddballs however in the event you don’t match a sure mould you’re not welcome to this social gathering. As to how I’ve adjusted, I haven’t actually but all the best way. I’m hesitant to add to Facebook now due to their guidelines. ”

6) Cannabis Culture’s Own Pot TV

Pot TV was based within the yr 2000, 5 years earlier than YouTube, and was truly the primary full on-line broadcasting community. For too lengthy hashish content material had been rejected from the mainstream, and so creator Marc Emery began his personal media community.

Managing Editor and Executive Producer Anil Sthankiya says Pot TV’s relationship with YouTube has been “tumultuous.” They’ve had quite a few takedowns up to now. During a current affront YouTube took away their capacity to livestream. About a month in the past they suspended Pot TV’s channel together with the whole lot that they had on the platform – 22,000 movies. What’s distinctive about Pot TV’s story is that their channel was ultimately reinstated.


They didn’t do it for anyone else. My private hunch is that they realized that for their very own algorithm functions what justified their existence is to hyperlink again to ours. We began years earlier than them they usually have been scrubbing our content material.”

Anil thinks that the YouTube crackdown has extra to do with huge advertisers than it does with security, and that YouTube is on the incorrect aspect of historical past.

If I have been in command of YouTube, I might be selling all types of issues. It can be higher for his or her enterprise mannequin as an entire in the event that they have been extra socially lively and socially acutely aware. It would do so much for them.”


Discriminated and Filtered in a Free World

Here’s what occurs when an organization like YouTube makes the individuals behind it really feel discriminated towards and unwelcome. This is America – they shoot up the place. That YouTube worker who opened hearth in her workplace was an irate artistic. She trusted an organization that not solely demonetized her private video expression, however in all probability demoralized her within the office as properly. Sad, isn’t it?

Unfortunately, the pink carpet that has principally been rolled up from underneath our ft is the story of yet one more firm that’s sacrificing the small for the large, the highly effective, and the revenue. If Youtube doesn’t need to be the car for spreading information and understanding of the therapeutic nature of weed, that gained’t cease us hashish connoisseurs. In our struggle for hashish normalization, we’ve got grow to be agile. Whatever it takes, we’ll construct it ourselves.

Is this the top of YouTube’s free reign and declare? A goliath within the mainstream world of video, might some other platform ever come shut? Where does the free, unbiased media go from right here? I recommend you select your personal journey.





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