Welcome to the official homepage of the YouTubers Union!
We are a community based movement that fights for the rights of YouTube Creators and Users. Our core demands are:
Monetize everyone - Bring back monetization for smaller channels.
Disable the bots - At least verified partners have the right to speak to a real person if you plan to remove their channel.
Transparent content decisions - Open up direct communication between the censors ("content department") and the Creators.
Pay for the views - Stop using demonetized channels as "bait" to advertise monetized videos.
Stop demonetization as a whole - If a video is in line with your rules, allow ads on an even scale.
Equal treatment for all partners - Stop preferring some creators over others. No more “YouTube Preferred”.
Pay according to delivered value - Spread out the ad money over all YouTubers based on audience retention, not on ads next to the content.
Clarify the rules - Bring out clear rules with clear examples about what is OK and what is a No-No.
Everyone is welcome to join - we need you! No matter if you are PewDiePie or just a user. You don't have to pay any money and you have zero obligations. You can join us simply be becoming a member of our Facebook group and/or by joining our forum.
Hello Union, In the tradition of my favourite channel, Dota Cinema, I will be calling this a weekly update even though we all know they are not weekly. One substantial thing really stands out, Jörg has voluntarily demonetised his channel, he has joined the ranks of the rest of us that just do it for fun. It seems with all the problems YouTube has its just not financially viable to call YouTube a job even for a multi million subscriber channel. I remember a time when YouTube represented a dream of making a living just by sharing what you love with the world. Then came more and more conditions. More and more restrictions, more people being banned and booted and now we are at a place where freedom of speech and freedom of creativity on YouTube are dead to many.
So this month (yes weekly newsletter monthly this time lol, I was giving you a break from the spam) we have been discussing where each platform fits. We are on a lot of platforms. Personally I see the Discord like a clubhouse, its there for informal chats and hanging out. The Facebook group is like the blog, we can post official stuff there and it gets seen quickly by a lot of people. The forum is like a meeting room. We gather there to discuss the important stuff. Let me know what you think guys , what do you use each platform for, how do you see each one and are we missing any you like to use?
I hope you have all been trying out new platforms. It is time for the strike. Personally I have moved my streaming to Twitch instead of YouTube. I never had many viewers, just 1 or 2 while streaming. I've already been regularly exceeding that, not by much but I've been streaming on YouTube for years. I've got a couple of videos planned to go up on Vimeo. You can join for free if your videos are small. Don't forget to come back to the forums and tell people where you have been posting, or add a comment below (if you are reading this in an email, visit the site to leave a comment)
The war drums have been sounded, YouTube has been called out, now we are preparing for the first strike. We are taking the time to make sure we are ready for the strike on 7th May. Place your bets now if YouTube will respond before the strike, or if they will even resume talks. We want to talk, YouTube refused. Jörg is creating a banner video of our angry faces. If you have not already submitted your angry face check out his post on the 26th of April and submit your angry face. Soon we will show YouTube how angry we are. Soon they will no longer be able to ignore us. We have a reach of hundreds of millions of viewers.
This week we are finally taking strike action. A lot of people have been pushing for this. it is something that needs to be done carefully and correctly so it has been delayed until now. Jörg's Facebook post about it will be linked below. We start on May 7th. I'm trying a different format for the newsletter this week. I'd appreciate anyone who could leave a comment below the newsletter on the website of what you think of the different formats.