I used to post videos on youtube regularly around 2006, but then they started asking me if I wanted to monetize those videos. They would "pay"
me a tiny fraction (like a few cents) for X amount of views if I let them place advertisements in my videos, and I just rejected the whole idea completely. I figured: why would they pay me a couple of cents for something I created, so they can piggyback an advertiser on my video who will make exponentially more money for themselves and youtube? The content creator is far more valuable to youtube than any advertiser or technology, it's what makes youtube popular, and it's youtube who should be kissing the feet of the content creators for giving their technology life.
but that was so many years ago. I pretty much quit doing any voluntary content on youtube after that. For me, posting videos was strictly voluntary, and youtube was different in those days. Now it's so commercialized, and because it's gotten so commercialized you're going to find entrepreneurs swarming youtube. It's silly to complain about the attitude of these new entrepreneur content-makers, when it was youtube who drew them in to begin with!
there's a right-wing youtuber, stephen molyneux I think his name is, who made a video recently almost begging for $ support. He says that because of his right-wing views he's become socially "blacklisted" and his revenue streams have dried up. That's terrible of course (and I hate it that it has to happen this way, whether your views are left wing or right wing), but as a conservative he should know that money is only made by getting a "real job", not youtube, or public speaking....unless you're a con artist.
Nevertheless, I think it's terrible that he doesn't have the opportunity to make money by making use of his talent. There is so much hostility in people's political consciousness that they'll suppress anything/anyone they don't agree with. Youtube is one of these. If youtube is just a business, they shouldn't be demonetizing anyone. They should be paying the content-creators (agreed-upon) money for increasing viewer traffic to their site and their advertisers, not changing the rules as they see fit. This is where they are upsetting their content-making entrepreneurs.
If they are so "liberal" and socially conscious, they shouldn't be having the business model they have; they should keep their site small, voluntary, and not bring in advertisers or entrepreneurs like it was when they started. Youtube is being two different things, and no wonder people get upset, for one side or another.