YouTube has placed a ban on instructional hacking and phishing videos. Over the years, channels and instructional hacking videos have been on the increase, triggered by demands from people who visit the video-streaming platform every day. Prior to this ban, the list of banned content on the site was high, and this only adds to it.
To this end, several educational videos aimed at teaching people on ethical hacking have been removed. This, according to the company, violates its policies and Terms of Service. Other content banned along with hacking videos include “extremely dangerous challenges,” “eating disorders” and “violent events.”
Categories of videos termed as instructional hacking and phishing videos include or are regarded as those “showing users how to bypass secure computer systems or steal user credentials and personal data.”
We made a video about launching fireworks over Wi-Fi for the 4th of July only to find out @YouTube gave us a strike because we teach about hacking, so we can't upload it.
YouTube now bans: "Instructional hacking and phishing: Showing users how to bypass secure computer systems"
— Kody (@KodyKinzie) July 2, 2019
YouTube creators have started complaining about this move by the Google-owned company. Null Byte, one of such creators that specializes in providing instructional videos to people, tweeted about the latest move.
In a tweet per Fossbytes, the creator said a video made for the purpose of teaching people how to launch fireworks over Wi-Fi for the 4th of July celebration could not be uploaded because it teaches people how to hack.
According to Kody Kinzie, a member of Null Byte, all videos created by them [Null Byte] have been flagged and pulled from the video streaming site. They are also being prevented from uploading new videos for a week.
After much protests, Null Bytes got its videos restored, but same cannot be said for other channels that basically provide instructional hacking and phishing videos for ethical hacking.
Of course, decisions and actions like this one would result to serious backlash from creators who may now be forced to either comply or take their content elsewhere. Meanwhile, there has not been any official announcement from YouTube banning such content from being uploaded, but it is pretty obvious that such may no longer be tolerated on the platform.
A couple of days ago, YouTube made some new changes to its homepage—giving users the power to determine what they want to see. This a clear departure from what we had in the recent past where you don’t have the power to choose what you see in your homepage. According to the Google-owned streaming site, the demands to take charge of what can be viewed were high—control what videos appear on homepage and in Up Next suggestions.
There is nothing to write home about when it comes to YouTube’s algorithm. Users have been left disappointed about some of the things they have been made to see in the last couple of years. We had situations where users were fed with inappropriate videos including content encouraging extremist politics, and many more. Right activists have called for changes, and it is heartwarming to know that things are about to turn a positive direction in the next couple of days.