So the other day I had posted a discussion regarding whether the state of advertising on YouTube has permanently changed due to recent controversy, or if the video sharing site will bounce back to its former self. Among the responses I've received was the sentiment that YouTube (and consequently its parent company, Google) was manipulating advertising and monetization on the website in order to push a certain political agenda. Many people believe that after the recent controversy, YouTube has been on a crusade against right-wing ideology, opting to instead promote left-leaning videos and advertisements.
YouTube is a free platform for anyone with a video camera and an internet connection to share their opinions and views with the world. And while I don't intend for this discussion to get political, it is an irrefutable fact that there has been a lot of controversial content that has arisen from the "alt-right" movement and its supporters. As a result, YouTube has seemingly been censoring this content by not promoting it as fervently as they would videos featuring left-leaning content. Because of this, people have claimed that they are being demonetized for discussing topics of even moderate controversy.
My question is, have you yourself noticed these acts of censorship first hand? If so, can you give some examples? I don't intend for this to be a left-wing versus right-wing debate, but rather a discussion to look into a possible agenda that Google may be promoting through their video sharing platform, YouTube. Do you think it is intentional on Google's part, or are they simply doing what they need to in order to bring back advertisers?
I'd love to hear your thoughts and perspectives, as I myself was looking to make a moderate income through YouTube, but it would seem your odds improve depending on the subject matter of your content.