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    Slot Videos are Restricted

    I've discovered that slot videos are put into Restricted Mode by YouTube. I don't know when this started, but have seen the percentage of videos that are monetized drop by more than half in the last week.

    A few weeks ago advertisers started to drop out of YouTube to protest the fact that their ads were showing up on YouTube videos produced by groups associated with extremist groups (including those from the U.S.) and other content showing offensive material.

    Just recently (a day or two ago) YouTube issued a statement saying they realize that their Restricted Mode is not working as desired. I also got an email saying the same thing.

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    There are two ways a video can end up being unavailable when Restricted Mode is turned on.

    Primarily, our automated system looks at signals like the video’s metadata, title, and the language used in the video.
    Additionally, some videos may not be available in Restricted Mode as a result of human reviewers applying an age-restriction to a video.

    Sometimes we get it wrong and based on feedback from creators, we’re currently reviewing how to improve how the system works by training it to better understand context around potentially mature content.

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    So is anyone else noticing strange things on their YouTube channel due to Restricted Mode and/or monetization?
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    What I have noticed the past 6 months is that the videos have gotten longer from a few minutes to 10 plus minutes with a bunch of non sense play being posted with the "Massive, Enormous, Super Duper, Unbelievable, OMG" in the title. These videos will show that "Massive, Enormous, Super Duper, Unbelievable, OMG" win at the very end, but before then subject the viewers to multiple ads. Then people wonder why the number of thumbs down have increased.

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    Marketers will soon have more options at their disposal when advertising on YouTube, which said that it's working with third-party brand-safety vendors like DoubleVerify and Integral Ad Science to assure marketers that their budgets won't wind up paying for ads on violent, offensive or otherwise unsavory content.

    YouTube parent Google said it will work with companies that are accredited by the ad industry's Media Ratings Council for new verification tools, but didn't provide an exact timeline for when those tools would be available. The full list of approved partners was also not immediately available.

    After the rise of fake news sites where marketers were attacked for appearing, companies like DoubleVerify pounced on the opportunity to provide media-agency networks such as GroupM with better brand safety tools. Since press reports of ads supporting terrorist video on YouTube sparked a full-fledged advertiser revolt last month, the focus has shifted. Advertisers including AT&T, Verizon, PepsiCo and Procter & Gamble have frozen spending on YouTube because of brand safety concerns.

    Agency holding companies WPP and Omnicom said they'll provide brand safety tools for marketers so they can still advertise on YouTube, but it's unclear whether or not their clients' concerns have been assuaged.

    Although Google's move seems like a step toward resolving YouTube's sudden ad crisis, DoubleVerify said it's unsure what's supposed to happen next. "As of yet, we haven't received any details on the solution that they are planning," a DoubleVerify representative said.

    The move comes nearly two weeks after YouTube Chief Business Officer Philipp Schindler said the company would be conducting an extensive review regarding its advertising policies and tools.

    Mr. Schindler publicly apologized shortly after reports that major brands had their ads run on offensive or extremist content on YouTube.
    A Google representative told Ad Age its recent move is an integration and not an API that any outside vendor can use, meaning that its brand safety tools will be separate from WPP and Omnicom's offerings. Further information was not immediately available.
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    As of April 6, 2017, channels that have fewer than 10,000 views cannot run ads on their videos. Learn more about recent changes to the YouTube Partner Program on the YouTube Creator Blog.
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    A bit more on what YouTube/Google are up to:

    https://youtube-creators.googleblog.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Random$$Slots View Post
    A bit more on what YouTube/Google are up to:

    https://youtube-creators.googleblog.com/
    Wow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Random$$Slots View Post
    As of April 6, 2017, channels that have fewer than 10,000 views cannot run ads on their videos. Learn more about recent changes to the YouTube Partner Program on the YouTube Creator Blog.
    Wow.

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    Starting April 6 the system seems to have returned, or partially returned to the levels I had prior to March 25 when percentages were cut in half. Anyone else seeing patterns like this?
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    I have noticed nothing at all on my channel. None of my videos were demonetized or otherwise changed from how they have always been. Thanks for this post, because I actually had no idea about any of this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ACS View Post
    I have noticed nothing at all on my channel. None of my videos were demonetized or otherwise changed from how they have always been. Thanks for this post, because I actually had no idea about any of this.
    Have you looked at your channel with Restricted filter mode set? What is your channel name?
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