YouTube Tests Unlisted Video Review Program – Find out all about it here!

YouTube creators often wonder why their video was demonetized by the video-streaming platform. They have also requested the YouTube moderators on multiple occasions to enhance transparency and provide them with detailed information regarding why their video was deemed unfit for paid advertisements.

In fact, the lack of proper communication between the creators and the moderators of YouTube has been an ongoing debate for many years – and of course, a source of apprehension for influencers and creators.

Well, YouTube has (almost) listened to the vows of its creators.

Up until now, monetizing creators had the ability to upload their videos as ‘unlisted’ on YouTube. This enabled the YouTube system to assess the video and rank it as monetizing with a green icon or limited/no ads with a yellow icon.

The creators given the yellow icon were allowed to appeal if they think the justification is a mistake. They are also allowed to request a human appeal.

However, YouTube says that it wants to further clarify their processes and help creators understand their monetization and profanity guidelines.

During a talk with Creator Insider, a YouTube representative shared that the company is working on a pilot program that would offer the creator's insight on why their video was not appropriate for monetization. It would also, highlight to the creators where they went wrong with the community guidelines.

According to YouTube, the moderation would be conducted by human, who would take an ample amount of time on each video before providing feedback.

Unfortunately, there is a cliché.

YouTube is planning to test out the new pilot to only a certain number of creators. These creators would be the ones who often face ‘demonetization’ in their videos. However, these creators would have to ‘pay’ a nominal fee to find out why they have been penalized.

Yes, YouTube is monetizing the ‘demonetization’ of its creator’s videos.

As of yet, the company has not decided the actual cost for the pilot feature and are still in the process of tallying how many creators would actually be up for paying.

YouTube claims that they are planning to broaden the system in the future. And possibly make it available for all creators. But initially, they will keep it limited to selected creators.

The YouTube representative further explained that human review takes a lot of time. And they get around 300 hours of videos per minute. This is primarily the reason for keeping the process monetary and open to limited video creators.


Additionally, the new test mode will not cover copyright claims – whether they are real or false.

The new policy will be made available soon. But do let us know your thoughts on the emerging feature. Should YouTube take a fee for human review? And as a creator, will you allow YouTube to charge you for moderation! Do share your views in the comments!



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