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My statement & the evidence about YouTube censorship

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Tomas

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  1. 1. What do you thing about that?

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Let's make a short summary of what happened between me & YouTube:

  • I have decided to open up my knowledge by making my course free & open source.
  • I have made all of my YouTube videos public and available for all. Before, it was only available to those who bought my course.
  • During that time, I had to change all links in description below my YouTube videos so they could point to the new location of the course. For the new links, I used the Bit.Ly shortener because my new links were too long.

My suspicion: That behavior was probably picked up by YouTube automated algorithms and on June 25th, 2018 they gave me 2 warning points without any warning:

The day after a final shot was made:

So I made a quick announcement here on the forums:

"As many of you have seen, my YouTube channel is no longer active. YouTube has censored it. I believe many of you who have seen my videos wonder what is the problem? Actually, I believe it is a combination of a few things:

Last week, I made all of my videos available to watch for free. Those videos were previously hidden on YouTube. Just people who bought my e-book could see them.

At the same time, I changed the long URLs below those videos to the short (bit.ly) version. Those URLs were pointing to my website as before. I just wanted them to be short because pointing to the URL "https://sportstradingexposed.com/forum/forum/41-sports-trading-exposed-free-open-source-online-course/" looks terrible in my eyes.

I changed my profile picture.

All of these together were probably picked up by YouTube automated algorithms which flagged me as a spammer (this is my version).

Solution:

Give me some time. I have to do some research and choose the best alternative. I no longer believe in YouTube. Actually, I don't believe in any of those super rich corporations like Google, Facebook, Microsoft, etc. They don't work to our best interest. Their only interest is a profit.

I will re-upload all of these videos as soon as possible. In the meantime, feel free to enjoy my free & open source online course on this URL > http://bit.ly/2MjjhJk

Tomas"

And I have sent an appeal to YouTube. This is the text of my appeal:

"I have had many private videos on my channel because they were only available to my customers who did buy my e-book. However, I decided to make all of my videos public all at once because I have made my product free and open source (I decided to not sell it anymore). At the same time, I was changing the description of all of those videos - because the nature of my product changed rapidly, from a paid one to a free & open source one. So, I was changing URLs in the description below each of my video. My free & open source product is available on the following URL > https://sportstradingexposed.com/forum/forum/41-sports-trading-exposed-free-open-source-online-course/. Because the URL is very long, I decided to use bit.ly shortener to make it shorter. That is all I did on my channel, there was no malicious or dishonest activity. Honestly, many of my followers were wondering why was my channel closed down. I believe someone will read this description and re-activate my channel again. Thanks"

I received, probably, an automated answer:

"Hello,

We have received your account appeal and will get back to you as soon as possible.

Sincerely,
The YouTube Team"

And finally, the latest answer from YouTube. I can only wonder if this is an automated as well:

"Hello,

Thank you for your account suspension appeal. We have decided to keep your account suspended based on our Community Guidelines and Terms of Service. Please visit http://www.youtube.com/t/community_guidelines for more information.

Please do not respond to this email. Replies to this email will not be processed. Please refer to our Help Center for more information.

Sincerely,
The YouTube Team"

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This is how it looks when you visit my channel now

Really?!!

There is no personal contact in the e-mail. Very probably, I was just dealing with a machine and this machine took me a chance to be connected with others. I have lost a chance to reach people and people have lost an opportunity to find my content & website. I did nothing wrong, there is lots of trading videos on YouTube. And actually, I often get a very good feedback from people who watched my videos. So, why should I be punished?

Tell me what you think!

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@Tomas I cant find anything in YouTube's terms that you are in breach of.

The only thing that I can think of is another trader has flagged your content as inappropriate (meaning they want people to buy their course, instead of watching yours for free).

There are other video hosting services available. Why not try another one?
YouTube has probably become too arrogant. A smaller company might appreciate your custom more.

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2 hours ago, David said:

The only thing that I can think of is another trader has flagged your content as inappropriate (meaning they want people to buy their course, instead of watching yours for free).

@David, this is really possible? How could someone do that?

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I think David may have hit the nail on the head. I imagine a few people will be upset that you are training people for free so raise some kind of flag that your videos are not appropriate. Maybe 3 or 4 in collaboration could be enough?

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On 8/3/2018 at 10:49 PM, Tomas said:

How could someone do that?

@Tomas Unfortunately, when it comes to money, some people get jealous over it. Anything is possible, even the unexpected.

You have had videos on YouTube for a while. Up til now, they have not banned you.
The problems started when you decided to offer this course for free.
For anyone new to trading, a free course is ideal, so they would not want to delete the content.

My conclusion was another trader (not a member here, but likely a guest visitor) who has failed to make money.
They can only make money from selling courses.

You have a coward who is afraid to show themselves.
Coward offender; if you are reading this, I suggest you fight the Betfair markets, instead of a decent fellow trader.

Tomas, I did try to find YouTube's phone number for you to call, but found ugly information instead:

http://tubularinsights.com/contact-youtube-info/

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3 minutes ago, David said:

Tomas, I did try to find YouTube's phone number for you to call, but found ugly information instead:

@David, thank you. I tried to call that number today but it's just impossible to talk with anyone who can look into my issue. I have sent my appeal again and I'm hoping for someone to look into the issue personally but who knows what is really happening on the other side...

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