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YouTube is a video-sharing website headquartered in San Bruno, California. The service was created by three former PayPal employees in February 2005. In November 2006, it was bought by Google for US$1.65 billion. YouTube now operates as one of Google's subsidiaries. The site allows users to upload, view, and share videos, and it makes use of Adobe Flash Video and HTML5 technology to display a wide variety of user-generated and corporate media video. Available content includes video clips, TV clips, music videos, and other content such as video blogging, short original videos, and educational videos.

Most of the content on YouTube has been uploaded by individuals, but media corporations including CBS, the BBC, Vevo, Hulu, and other organizations offer some of their material via YouTube, as part of the YouTube partnership program. Unregistered users can watch videos, and registered users can upload videos to their channels. Videos considered to contain potentially offensive content are available only to registered users affirming themselves to be at least 18 years old.

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User voted 1/10.
2 votes
Aug 6, 2016

Since Google bought YouTube, the website is slowly but surely losing its soul. They destroyed channel customization. I guess many young YouTubers aren't aware that in the old good days we were able to customize the looks of our channels. A few times they destroyed the commenting system and still haven't fixed it. They're promoting the most controversial and often stupid comments, not the best. Many of the valid comments are lost by going to the spam folder. They have the worst spam filter I've ever seen. When the users organized a protest across the whole site, they were called "trolls" by one of the YouTube bosses (some Indian guy, can't remember his name). He believed the commenting system is great and the users are simply stupid trolls. If someone like this is in charge of things, you know things won't be well.

YouTube is now biased and have a strong censorship. They remove videos of users if there's something they don't like. They even remove their own videos if there are too many dislikes, or comments on their videos if they are unfavorable. Their video presenting the new commenting system is long gone. They recently released the video #ProudToBe: Coming Together to Celebrate Identity. 90% of the comments were unfavorable and they were removing them as quickly as they could. When they realized it's impossible to stop the negative tone, they simply disabled commenting, removing all the comments.

YouTube is also removing videos for nothing, sometimes banning whole channels with it. It happened to me as well. They incorrectly removed few of my videos and this caused a ban on my channel. I was lucky to appeal this and get my channel back. But imagine if I wasn't able to do this. My whole work would have been thrown to trash! Once they removed my video because it had relevant tags in the description! And it was against their new policy, even though the video was uploaded many years ago. I tried to appeal a few times, but they said no. All they did is send me this stupid video. Probably the most hated video ever, but they obviously disabled comments and ratings.

YouTube also has a horrible support. If you're lucky to make a contact with them, they most likely won't help you anyway. They simply don't care.

Recently it has been proven that Google is cheating their systems to support Hillary Clinton in the following election: proof. They are also doing it on YouTube by manipulating views and likes.

I must also mention the integration with Google Plus, which almost everyone hated. They were forcing YouTube users to use Google Plus. When this video went viral, they manipulated its views to something like one million only. I guess the only reason they didn't remove it is because Emma Blackery is too popular.

Technically YouTube is of course becoming better, but it all doesn't matter in face of the bias, manipulation, censorship and lack of respect for its own users.

But is YouTube in any danger? No. Not even close. They're actually growing. The reason is simple: no competition. Both Vimeo and Dailymotion are horrible websites. And if a serious competition is ever to be started, I believe this is the moment. You would need a capital of hundreds of millions of dollars though.

User voted 9/10.
2 votes
Apr 1, 2015

Would be great if they wouldn't do things like breaking the comment system...

0 votes
Aug 8, 2016

Many of us see YouTube the great place to make some money.

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