Krzysztof is a 10+ year YouTube researcher who spends hours researching, analyzing, and uncovering YouTube trends, challenges, and media.
Do Youtubers Hate YouTube?
YouTube gave birth to internet stars, but it also created an environment that youtubers hate.
There are a few horrible things on this video site that youtubers ranted or made videos about, and they're tired at the lack of progress.
So what are the 10 things youtubers hate about YouTube?
Read on to find out.
10. YouTube Comments
A lot of youtubers have stated that they're tired of how the YouTube comment section is arranged, spammed, and then some.
One of the biggest affairs includes:
- Replies from creators get lost in the comments
- Creators' responses don't appear at the top of the comments section
- Lost responses make youtubers appear aloof to subscribers
The current comment system transforms creators into uncaring beasts to viewers because their responses are rarely seen. Over time this can affect their likability, views, and so forth.
The other issues are the comments themselves, which are often spam, self-promoting, or full of hate speech. Over the past couple years, the negative/hateful comments have only gotten worse.
YouTube is a private company and they have the ability to change things, so they need to take notice and fix things before all hell breaks loose.
Update: The ability for creators to pin & like individual comments gives the content creator a little more power and control.
9. Prank Channels
If you're on YouTube frequently, then it's very clear that a lot of youtubers despise prank channels.
These channels intentionally create insane public pranks meant to shock and disturb the peace.
Youtubers claim these pranks are mostly fake, ridiculous, and even illegal. In fact a few channels have gotten into legal trouble due to their antics.
Another thing creators hate about prank channels is their click-bait titles and thumbnails. They also use trigger words of a suggestive nature that no question get a lot of clicks.
A lot of these channels violate YouTube's community guidelines, which prompted content creators to address these issues. Some pranksters who went too far did get punished, but there are far too many that didn't.
It would appear that these bigger networks are immune from these guidelines, which annoys other creators who get treated unfairly despite not doing anything wrong.
As long as this continues, there will never be anything good (or real) that comes from prank channels.
Update: YouTube tried to tackle problem channels with stricter rules and enforced demonetization policies. Prank channels that don't abide by these guidelines won't profit off their videos or their videos will get flagged for inappropriate content.
8. Reaction Channels
For those who don't know, a reaction channel is usually someone "reacting" to another creator's content whether through commentary, a review, or via facial expressions.
Youtubers in the past have strongly complained about reactors who blatantly use their videos while merely watching in silence without adding anything.
Channels in the past took a creator's entire video and made their own reaction video without asking for permission.
That was a blatant misuse of YouTube's community guidelines and fair use laws.
YouTube has made a stance against the largest offenders, but there's more work to be done. Reaction channels should be like Fine Brothers Entertainment who ask for permission prior to reacting, add something new, and only use snippets of other videos.
If creators steal from other hard-working youtubers, then they shouldn't be allowed to monetize on those videos unless that money goes to the original content creator.
Update: Channels that steal content will no longer be able to monetize from them unless they can prove they're fair use, however, this is still an issue among smaller channels.
7. Abuse of Fair Use Policy
If there's one thing youtubers are appalled by, then it's definitely the mishandling of fair use laws.
Fair use protects creators and allows them to use short clips or segments of movies, YouTube clips, and TV shows to enhance their content as long as they add something extra.
Unfortunately many companies don't understand Fair Use, so they unfairly/illegally file DMCA (copyright) complaints that cause a channel to either lose out on monetization or get their channel removed.
Many youtubers had to make videos discussing these issues because their complaints weren't being heard. The abuse of these laws is especially damaging towards lesser or fledgling youtubers that have well under 100,000 subscribers.
On the flip-side, there are channels that constantly don't follow these laws by posting videos that go against them, and often they don't get penalized for it.
So the only thing youtubers can ask is "Where's the Fair Use?".
Update: YouTube introduced several new methods that will notify creators when they're using unlicensed content in their videos that got them demonetized. In addition, companies can't profit off of someone's demonetized videos.
6. YouTube's Community Guidelines
Creators should know what YouTube's community guidelines consist of, and why they need to follow them.
These 10 important rules include:
- No nudity or sexual content
- No harmful/dangerous content
- Don't use or promote hate speech
- No threats, harassment, stalking, etc.
- Respect copyright laws
- Respect people's privacy
- Follow child safety guidelines
- No impersonation or copycat channels
- Avoid spam and misleading titles, descriptions, or thumbnails
- Don't make threats towards anyone
These are legit rules that should be followed, however; a lot of creators break the rules and don't get in trouble for it, which infuriate youtubers who do the right thing.
Even worse, there are youtubers who get accused of breaking rules even though they never did while other channels get away with it.
No channel should be above those rules otherwise why make them in the first place. Lesser channels should not be ignored and mislabeled either because it'll ultimately hurt the community.
Everyone needs to respect the rules and not get a free pass just because you're a powerful channel.
Update: Additional rules regarding exploiting children in videos or other inappropriate content concerning children have been added. Please click the link at the top of this section to learn more.
5. YouTube's Poor Customer Service
If youtubers had to produce videos to address concerns because written statements and phone calls weren't good enough, then you have a problem.
It's ridiculous that channels were ignored until they sparked an audience to hear them. YouTube should be on top of this, and if this continues, then more creators will stay away from the site.
There are other developing pastures and through YouTube's neglect, they may see a slew of creators suddenly head for them.
If there are any complaints whether it be copyright strikes, unfair channel take-downs, or other problems, then Youtube has to address them in a timely manner.
For many, YouTube is how creators make a living and if youtubers can't make money for silly reasons, then why should they stay.
Update: YouTube has streamlined the communications process and they've addressed the lack of customer service with new tools and ways to get in touch with them.
4. The YouTube Algorithm
YouTube makes it clear that the more time viewers spent watching a video, the more ads and revenue the creators would receive.
Known at "watch time", this is how long viewers watch a creator's videos. This was originally centered around the 10 minute mark though it's been expanded ever since. Sometimes users will abuse this system by including a lot of fluff to fill their videos up.
However what's more important is that YouTube will favor certain channels over others in their trending tab or related/recommended section, which can cut down on views, watch times, and revenue.
YouTube has tried time and time again to reinvent the algorithm to favor newer channels, but there doesn't appear to be a clear fix at the moment.
Even worse many youtubers say corporate channels and mainstream cable news channels get the edge over independent ones, which undercuts what YouTube was initially built upon.
3. Money Split & Revenue
This problem isn't as big as the other ones, but there are youtubers who hate that nearly half their revenue is taken away by Google.
It's not a big deal if creators make hundreds of thousands to millions, but it does affect those on the low to middle end.
Those annoyed ask for a fairer split between themselves and YouTube owners. They generally seek a 5-10 percent gain though I don't see that happening anytime soon.
Again the split isn't the biggest offender, but there have been talks among mid-size youtubers. Perhaps the more immediate problem is that too many videos are getting demonetized out of nowhere.
Youtubers have complained how several of their videos, which were non-controversial and followed the guidelines, still got demonetized. This should never be the case and YouTube's has a long way to go before that's solved.
2. Following Popular YouTube Trends
Believe it or not, youtubers don't want to follow the most popular digital trends.
They don't like doing certain challenge videos, they don't want to collaborate with various youtubers, and they don't want to follow the crowd.
Financially they love it due to the extra views and profit, but they also feel like they're selling out a bit especially if the channel isn't geared towards the trend at all.
Unfortunately you can't get lost in the shuffle, and sometimes you have to follow popular trends because your viewers demand it.
If you don't, then say goodbye to a lot of viewers because there's plenty of other youtubers who are willing to sacrifice their ideals to satisfy audiences.
1. Youtuber vs. Youtuber
In 2016 drama channels were extremely popular, and they've negatively impacted the larger YouTube community ever since.
Youtubers hate bad drama despite the potential for increased viewership. They can't stand the cyber-bullying that several channels benefit from whether it be attacking other creators or even children.
- The viewers eat this stuff up, but youtubers don't want it because of the risks.
I've seen creators get their videos spammed and disliked by fans of other youtubers, and I've witnessed them lose subscribers due to the negativity. I've also seen some gain a following and profit from it, so it's a mixed reaction.
Overall most creators don't need negativity in their lives, and they shouldn't feel threatened by other youtubers but they still do.
Luckily YouTube stepped in and changed its terms of service to squander harassment, but more needs to be done before things get out of control.
Krzysztof Willman (author) from Parlin, New Jersey on July 10, 2017:
Absolutely and it seems to be getting worse.
Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on July 03, 2017:
Yes, I can understand a lot of this. The comments section can be a particular annoyance sometimes.