I have watched Philip DeFranco's video on the subject. He had some interesting points. Such as the fact that, according to YouTube, 400 hours of content are uploaded every minute. Which explains why so much of what they do is automated. It has to be. His most important point was that YouTube plan to segregate some content. Which means that certain videos will be placed beyond what YouTube call an interstitial
YouTube is quoted by Philip DeFranco:
We'll soon be applying tougher treatment to videos that aren't illegal, but have been flagged by users for potential violations of our policies on hate speech and violent extremism. If we find these videos don't violate our policies, but contain controversial religious or supremacist content they will be placed in a limited state. The videos will remain on YouTube behind an interstitial, won’t be recommended, won’t be monetised, and won’t have key features including comments, suggested videos, and likes.
So what is an interstitial
and why are they using this curious word? The word is used in the worlds of biology and crystallography. Computer advertising guys use the word for popup ads and things of that nature. In general it is used to describe things found within other things which they are not an intrinsic part of. So a tumor is within an organ interstitially
. In this case they mean a barrier.
Let's be straight. They are going to bury
the videos in question.
The moment I heard the word interstitial I thought of Orwell's essay Politics and the English Language
. Orwell's essay is amongst other things a "catalogue of swindles and perversions" that appear when people are either being lazy or are trying to conceal their meaning.
So instead of telling people that their video is being buried
you tell them "you video has been placed behind an interstitial
." It's bewildering. Deliberately so.
Does it matter?
They are already taking away the advertising (money) away from political commentators, as well as from content like videos on guns, but now due to the crude nature of their sorting algorithms they are doing dirt to gamers who do Let's Play
videos. Which is stupid. Unless you think that video game violence is a great threat to civilization and civility. Some people think this.
What Google and YouTube employees think is anyone's guess.
DeFranco's Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujlKjbShpLw
Orwell's Essay: http://www.orwell.ru/library/essays/politics/english/e_polit