Youtube, Google, widespread account terminations
Markiplier put on a Youtube livestream to promote the new (really awesome) choose-your-own-adventure YT series thing he put out. In the stream he played through the game and asked chat to use specific emotes to vote which way to go.
Google’s automated systems detected this as malicious spam and completely terminated the entire Google account of hundreds of viewers.
Mark is so pure though, he’s personally championed calling out Google to fix it, probably to his own massive detriment. Last I heard he got through to someone I guess, so it’s being fixed now. Only because a major producer called them out.
However it highlights something important: Google can yeet you for any reason and if they do, you lose access to all your services. Automated anti-harassment/anti-spam catches you in a false positive on Youtube? You lose your gmail, docs, android account, everything.
Every single person who appealed for reinstatement got denied by another automated system, and then were told “there is nothing more you can do, this is the end of the workflow”.
YT also just updated their TOS to express they can and will terminate accounts that are “commercially nonviable”, meaning they’ve put on the table that they can terminate you if your footprint-to-profit ratio is low.
Do not rely on Google. If you have YT vids, back them up. If you rely on gmail, consider an alternative; especially for emailed 2FA logins.
Just… christ z_z;
@bartleby They were both asked that. They both said they slept very well. They both did good and needed work.
Turns out “On Being Sane in Insane Places” was a fraud. Yet another famous high impact paper that rewrote public policy turned to be a lie. https://nypost.com/2019/11/02/stanford-professor-who-changed-america-with-just-one-study-was-also-a-liar/
Some years ago at a previous job, I got an email directing me to a link to training about avoiding phishing security attacks. Because all the training had been outsourced and then the outsourcer themselves outsourced the work, all the email headers, from addresses, the link URL, and executable contents of the training itself all failed it's own guidelines for avoiding phishing attacks.