VICE founder Gavin McInnes swung for the fences earlier this week when he (and very few other members of The Anthony Cumia Network) attempted to break the Guinness World Record for longest live streamed event. The effort was seemingly doomed from the start when frequent Gavin McInnes Show guest Milo Yiannopoulos pulled out of cohosting duties for an unexplained, impromptu trip to New Jersey.
However, the would-be record setting program’s death knell came in the form eight flagged content notices, courtesy of YouTube’s infamous robotic staff. McInnes clocked out around the 30 hour mark, falling short of his goal but still proving the marathon to be a valiant effort.
This is not the first time YouTube has been criticized for their questionable standards. As of recent, notable content creators have had their videos and channels flagged, removed, and their monetization abilities stripped for reasons relating to… well… nobody really knows. Doug Walker (The Nostalgia Critic) is one of the more famous to come forward about YouTube’s odd tactics.
The horror stories to come from some of the site’s more recognizable faces have made some channel-runners consider hosting their content elsewhere. It is bizarre–and yet, sadly, not–that Google/YouTube would be so out of touch to believe that self-responding ‘help’ and ‘FAQ’ would be a sufficient form of customer service. Or worse, they don’t believe it but just don’t give a fuck about the average–or even notable–user.
What is certain is that YouTube is unlikely to change their extreme, filter-based policing–at least until people decide to take their business elsewhere. And the odds of that happening are as low as you’d expect. So for now, treat the site like you would an empty field in Cambodia 1968, and tread lightly.