Today, I found out that my YouTube channel had been terminated. The place where I uploaded videos to often compliment this food blog. Terminated without warning or reason. It’s odd because I was a partner and in Good Standing. Any copyright claims I had didn’t penalize my account (as the ad revenue went to the claimant) …and often times it would even be my own music that was flagged because I have companies that license it. So I don’t think it was a copyright claim, plus I figure I would get a warning if it was. Anyway, almost all of my videos are original content.
From my research (by Googling), I see that other people have had their legit channels terminated without warning. It seems like it’s mostly because of malicious people flagging their videos. I have a good feeling people were flagging my “Banned in the NBA (shoes)” video because it was very popular and the comments were filled with hate. Fortunately, there were also a lot of people defending me against the haters …people I don’t even know. It had over 1.7 million views and was generating a decent chunk of change that helped me pay the bills.
It’s surprising to me that a few kids who flag me for no other reason than to be spiteful can take down my whole channel (all the hard work and time I’ve put into my 300 or so videos) …so easily. The termination email makes it sound like everything is deleted and I have no options and no way to create another account. But I’ve read and seen YouTube videos where people have been able to restore their terminated accounts through a slow, long and persistent process. So I’m am hopeful.
So this is an open letter to anyone that can help me get it back up. I figure somebody in the foodie world knows someone at Google/Youtube. My channel means a lot to me and creating weird/funny videos has been my focus the past few years. I feel like my contribution has been meaningful. Hopefully soon I can restore all that I ever worked on and continue to bring as much entertainment as I can through YouTube.
In the meantime while I freak out in the corner, here’s a photo of Fried Fish with Mashed Potatoes, Creamed Spinach and Corn Bread from Jimmy’s Diner in Brooklyn.
I will update this post with news as I try to get my channel back up. Hopefully, it can help others that may unfortunately have the same thing happen.