YouTube Targets Poker Content Creators

Friday, February 21st, 2020 | Written by Renee

YouTube is once again cracking down on poker-related content and they are doing that without any clear explanation. A lot of poker content creators have reported that some of their videos have recently been removed from the video sharing platform, and they are left in limbo as to why this is happening.

Jamie Staples, who has been in a similar situation since last year when dozens of videos from his YouTube poker channel have been deleted, is now collating information from his fellow vloggers who may also be suffering from the same “punishment”.

In a tweet, Staples is encouraging fellow affected poker streamers and vloggers to send him more info on their deleted videos, including the reason given by YouTube as to why a particular content has been removed. Staples offered to compile them accordingly into a spreadsheet to determine patterns and figure out the impact of the crackdown.

Staples said he wanted to let the video-sharing service know that they are standing as a community and are striving to keep poker alive. Staples is popular in the poker content creation industry and is a former ambassador of two leading online poker sites, partypoker and PokerStars. He has more than 73,000 subscribers on YouTube.

YouTube As A Source of Income

Vloggers earn revenue from YouTube by creating videos, according to the niche they a’re promoting. Vlogging isn’t for everyone though. You need to put out interesting, attractive content to be able to consistently attract subscribers and gain a huge following, and of course, there are rules and terms and conditions to follow.

When it comes to poker content, popular vloggers like Staples, Marie Cordeiro, Andrew Neeme, Brad Owen and Jeff Staples have already managed to draw tens of thousands of subscribers by releasing poker-related videos, and have been earning a decent income as a result.

But recently, they’ve been dealt a huge blow after some of their videos went missing. Owen, who has 183,000 subscribers, also reported that at least five videos have been removed from his channel for no seemingly no reason.

Algorithm Update

Apparently, this is not the only time that YouTube has deleted certain videos. In the past, it also banned gambling-related content, after putting in place an algorithm update. Upon investigation, if those videos are found to be totally compliant with their terms and conditions, they are eventually restored. This may be the case now for poker vloggers.

No Clear Explanation

YouTube is having a hard time distinguishing between games of luck and games of skill. Their rules in relation to gambling-related content are quite vague. The video sharing service also failed to specify what type of gambling content is permitted. While this is the case, the top poker content creators know that they should not put any links or reference to online gambling sites in their comments or description box. They’ve been sticking to this “unwritten” rule ever since.

Poker Fans React

This is why this recent crackdown may have actually been prompted by an error in the video sharing platform’s algorithm update. The algorithm may have categorized certain poker videos as “promoting” gambling content, thus the deletion. But according to some poker fans, there are far more harmful material on the YouTube that are freely accessible to vulnerable audiences.

Some commenters also speculate the whole problem maybe more of a “financial” issue between the vloggers and the video platform. But the bigger mystery is why YouTube has failed to issue any notice or explanation before completely removing the videos. It isn’t responding to complaints promptly.

Owen, for example already contacted YouTube about the removal of five videos from his channel, but his complaints went unnoticed. Owen has 183,000 subscribers. Doug Polk also encountered similar issues.

It remains to be seen how long this issue will continue to hit poker vloggers, streamers, and their loyal subscribers. YouTube definitely needs to get things sorted out urgently before things get worse for the global poker community.

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