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10 Things YouTubers Hate About YouTube
Do Youtubers Hate YouTube?
YouTube gave birth to internet stars, but it also created an environment that youtubers hate.
There are a few horrible things on this video site that youtubers ranted or made videos about, and they're tired at the lack of progress.
So what are the 10 things youtubers hate about YouTube?
Read on to find out.
10. YouTube Comments
Fix the YouTube Comment Section
A lot of youtubers have stated that they're tired of how the YouTube comment section is arranged, spammed, and then some.
One of the biggest affairs includes:
- Replies from creators get lost in the comments
- Creators' responses don't appear at the top of the comments section
- Lost responses make youtubers appear aloof to subscribers
The current comment system transforms creators into uncaring beasts to viewers because their responses are rarely seen. Over time this can affect their likability, views, and so forth.
The other issues are the comments themselves, which are often spam, self-promoting, or full of hate speech. Over the past couple years, the negative/hateful comments have only gotten worse.
YouTube is a private company and they have the ability to change things, so they need to take notice and fix things before all hell breaks loose.
9. Prank Channels
It Was Just a Prank Bro
If you're on YouTube frequently, then it's very clear that a lot of youtubers despise prank channels.
These channels intentionally create insane public pranks meant to shock and disturb the peace.
Youtubers claim these pranks are mostly fake, ridiculous, and even illegal. In fact a few channels have gotten into legal trouble due to their antics.
Another thing creators hate about prank channels is their click-bait titles and thumbnails. They also use trigger words of a suggestive nature that no question get a lot of clicks.
A lot of these channels violate YouTube's community guidelines, which prompted content creators to address these issues. Some pranksters who went too far did get punished, but there are far too many that didn't.
It would appear that these bigger networks are immune from these guidelines, which annoys other creators who get treated unfairly despite not doing anything wrong.
As long as this continues, there will never be anything good (or real) that comes from prank channels.
8. Reaction Channels
Reacting = Stealing
For those who don't know, a reaction channel is usually someone "reacting" to another creator's content whether through commentary, a review, or via facial expressions.
Youtubers in the past have strongly complained about reactors who blatantly use their videos while merely watching in silence without adding anything.
Channels in the past took a creator's entire video and made their own reaction video without asking for permission.
That was a blatant misuse of YouTube's community guidelines and fair use laws.
YouTube has made a stance against the largest offenders, but there's more work to be done. Reaction channels should be like Fine Brothers Entertainment who ask for permission prior to reacting, add something new, and only use snippets of other videos.
If creators steal from other hard-working youtubers, then they shouldn't be allowed to monetize on those videos unless that money goes to the original content creator.
7. Abuse of Fair Use Policy
Where's the Fair Use?
If there's one thing youtubers are appalled by, then it's definitely the mishandling of fair use laws.
Fair use protects creators and allows them to use short clips or segments of movies, YouTube clips, and TV shows to enhance their content as long as they add something extra.
Unfortunately many companies don't understand Fair Use, so they unfairly/illegally file DMCA (copyright) complaints that cause a channel to either lose out on monetization or get their channel removed.
Many youtubers had to make videos discussing these issues because their complaints weren't being heard. The abuse of these laws is especially damaging towards lesser or fledgling youtubers that have well under 100,000 subscribers.
On the flip-side, there are channels that constantly don't follow these laws by posting videos that go against them, and often they don't get penalized for it.
So the only thing youtubers can ask is "Where's the Fair Use?".
6. YouTube's Community Guidelines
YouTube Guidelines: Follow or Ignore?
Creators should know what YouTube's community guidelines consist of, and why they need to follow them.
These seven important rules include:
- No nudity or sexual content
- No harmful/dangerous content
- Don't use or promote hate speech
- Respect copyright laws
- Avoid spam and misleading titles, descriptions, or thumbnails
- Don't make threats towards anyone
These are legit rules that should be followed, however; a lot of creators break the rules and don't get in trouble for it, which infuriate youtubers who do the right thing.
Even worse, there are youtubers who get accused of breaking rules even though they never did while other channels get away with it.
No channel should be above those rules otherwise why make them in the first place. Lesser channels should not be ignored and mislabeled either because it'll ultimately hurt the community.
Everyone needs to respect the rules and not get a free pass just because you're a powerful channel.
5. YouTube's Poor Customer Service
Lost in Translation
If youtubers had to produce videos to address concerns because written statements and phone calls weren't good enough, then you have a problem.
It's ridiculous that channels were ignored until they sparked an audience to hear them. YouTube should be on top of this, and if this continues, then more creators will stay away from the site.
There are other developing pastures and through YouTube's neglect, they may see a slew of creators suddenly head for them.
If there are any complaints whether it be copyright strikes, unfair channel take-downs, or other problems, then Youtube has to address them in a timely manner.
For many, YouTube is how creators make a living and if youtubers can't make money for silly reasons, then why should they stay.
4. The YouTube Algorithm
Watch Time vs. Content Quality
A few months ago, YouTube made it clear that the more time viewers spent watching a video, the more ads and revenue the creators would receive.
Known at "watch time", this is centered around the 10 minute mark, and it's a new issue that has sparked concerns from top tier youtubers.
For example, to fill the 10 minute quota there are youtubers who make what should be a 4-6 minute video into a longer one by using the thumbnail or unrelated content to occupy their quota.
It's one thing to pack 10+ minute videos with content, it's another to cheaply substitute half the video with nothing.
3. Money Split
Google vs. Youtubers
This problem isn't as big as the other ones, but there are youtubers who hate that nearly half their revenue is taken away by Google.
It's not a big deal if creators barely make anything or they make millions, but it does affect those somewhere in the middle.
Those annoyed ask for a fairer split between themselves and YouTube owners. They generally seek a 5-10 percent gain though I don't see that happening anytime soon.
Again the split isn't the biggest offender, but there have been talks among mid-size youtubers.
2. Popular YouTube Trends
Following YouTube Trends
Believe it or not, youtubers don't want to follow the most popular digital trends.
They don't like doing certain challenge videos, they don't want to collaborate with various youtubers, and they don't want to follow the crowd.
Financially they love it due to the extra views and profit, but they also feel like they're selling out a bit especially if the channel isn't geared towards the trend at all.
Unfortunately you can't get lost in the shuffle, and sometimes you have to follow popular trends because your viewers demand it.
If you don't, then say goodbye to a lot of viewers because there's plenty of other youtubers who are willing to sacrifice their ideals to satisfy audiences.
1. Bad Drama & Cyberbullying
Youtuber vs. Youtuber
In 2016 drama channels have gotten extremely popular, and it has negatively impacted the larger YouTube community.
Youtubers hate bad drama despite the potential for increased viewership. They can't stand the cyber-bullying that several channels benefit from whether it be attacking other creators or even children.
- The viewers eat this stuff up, but youtubers don't want it because of the risks.
I've seen creators get their videos spammed and disliked by fans of other youtubers, and I've witnessed them lose subscribers due to the negativity. I've also seen some gain a following and profit from it, so it's a mixed reaction.
Overall most creators don't need negativity in their lives, and they shouldn't feel threatened by other youtubers but they still do.
Luckily YouTube stepped in and changed its terms of service to squander harassment, but more needs to be done before things get out of control.