Article by Mike Okada, Cannabis Life Network
The Canadian cannabis community is reeling after some of the country’s biggest cannabis-focused channels on YouTube have been terminated for violating community guidelines- this includes Pot Tv, UrbanRemo, Mr canucks grow, and many others.
That’s thousands of videos, hundreds of thousands of subscribers, and millions of views- all gone in an instant!
Why were these cannabis-related YouTube channels terminated?
It appears the decision was made solely because their content revolved around cannabis, and now, according to Dr. Autoflower:
“3 out of the top 5 cannabis channels in Canada have now been destroyed.”
YouTube’s anti-cannabis spree has content creators questioning if this infringes on their freedom of speech- some cannabis activists are even comparing the termination of their channels to book burning, and while that may seem like a stretch at first, it is not very far off when you consider the educational value that many of these channels had, and how many have been doing this for years- to the point that their work could act as a historical record of the cannabis activism.
Although YouTube is a private company and can do what it wants, it’s heartbreaking for the cannabis content creators who have been affected by this. YouTube’s appeal system is can be difficult to wade through, and as we’ve seen in the past with the 2017 “Adpocalypse”, the company isn’t famous for being forthcoming with the details- quite the opposite, in fact.