Poker YouTubers try to avoid the platform’s controls
YouTube’s flagging of some content has poker vloggers becoming irritated
YouTube has introduced to the world a new way to make a living by broadcasting quality and interesting content. Even poker “vloggers” have built significant revenue due to the streams they offer and that attracts large audiences who follow their poker exploits. However, for these vloggers, it has been hard to manage their channels since YouTube’s bots keep flagging their video for reasons that are never disclosed. After a battle against the giant streaming platform, the vloggers almost always get their videos back, but never do they hear about the specific aspects of their content that is triggering an infraction.
For instance, one popular vlogger – who uses the name Jeff Boski – had his channel taken down. He had accumulated over 400 videos in more than three years of being online and, on top of that, he has over 38,000 subscribers. This means that his channel was worth tens of thousands of dollars in ad revenue and ancillary income, and he had to go through a long appeal to be able to get his channel back online. “I find it to be the equivalent of this,” Boski said. “Your girlfriend says, ‘If you do that again, I’m breaking up with you.’ You say, ‘What did I do?’ She says, ‘You know what you did,'” said Boski, “Well, I don’t know.”
On behalf of YouTube, no comments on the matter were obtained. Boski, however, shared some correspondence with the site in which it can be seen that YouTube flagged some of his videos for “harmful or dangerous content.” For online casinos, the scene is more complicated because this activity is listed as forbidden under the governing provisions, under the “sale of illegal or regulated goods.” They all have many theories of what could be causing the bans and the truth is that these vloggers are risking losing their channel permanently and without even knowing what the problem was.