YouTube shafted my channel again!!

Yep, for a second time the original Transthetics channel has been deleted.

This time they canned it despite the fact that it was 100% in good standing and had zero community guideline strikes (all previous strikes were removed when an actual competent human being finally re-instated my channel last time.)

I had also voluntarily age restricted the video and spent the first minute of the video contextualising it for the citizens on patrol out there, explained that it did not breach any of the community guidelines. And yet still… after a week of the Hot Rod demonstration video being up, not only did it get removed, but my entire channel was deleted… again.

Meantime, there’s countless videos of ACTUAL penises for videos on penile prosthetics to treat erectile dysfunction, and a plethora of review videos on heteronormative sex toys. I’m not asking for special treatment for the trans community, just consistency.

But it’s becoming increasingly difficult for me to give YouTube the benefit of the doubt that this is just a handful of incompetent moderators. Also their lip service about how they celebrate the LGBT community is sounding increasingly hollow in light of how our channels are ACTUALLY being treated, with our content being incorrectly removed, our channels unjustifiably deleted and our videos unfairly demonetised.

So my plea to YouTube is this: PLEASE stop targeting the trans community due to the nature of the things we NEED to talk about!

Thankfully I did decide to keep my “temporary” YouTube channel, TranstheticsTV, so for the time being, this is the one I’m going to have to go back to. However, as YouTube recognises when a video that has been removed is re-uploaded, I’ve had to upload the Hot Rod demo video to Xtube. Not exactly where I want to be directing you to, seeing it’s a porn site, but as Vimeo has also declined to host my content, this is what I’m left with and it seems that YouTube and Vimeo feel that that’s where we belong… It’s a sad indictment of the actuality of this brave new world that pays so much lip service to the fantasy of inclusivity…

2018-10-25T17:24:50+00:00October 15th, 2018|All, Media/Social/Politics, Soapbox, Videos|20 Comments

20 Comments

  1. Carolyn October 16, 2018 at 11:42 pm - Reply

    Is there anything that we, the viewers, can do about this? This is SO unfair. My 13-year-old daughter (born female) is gender fluid and wants the smaller version of your prosthetic. It would be very helpful to us parents to have sites like yours available to help us understand and help our children. It both angers me and breaks my heart that so much of society is still so judgemental against this segment of the population and that they want one set of rules for themselves but at the same time want to obliterate anyone different than themselves. I am really hoping that my child will live in a future where she can safely and happily be fully herself. :( That can’t happen when YouTube has two sets of rules depending on who you are.

    • Alex October 16, 2018 at 11:43 pm - Reply

      Thanks for the encouragement This is exactly the kind of thing YouTube needs to hear! The problem is, they have no avenue for feedback or input. But I’ve just put out a newsletter asking my subscribers to let them know via twitter, so if you have an account, I’d LOVE you to use your voice :)

  2. Taylor October 16, 2018 at 11:44 pm - Reply

    I’m sorry to hear you’re dealing with these unnecessary difficulties. Thank you for being a fighter.

  3. Rich October 16, 2018 at 11:47 pm - Reply

    I’m so sorry to hear all that this morning!! You work so hard, that’s really unfair!

    If I can help, in any ways, please, don’t hesitate!

    Don’t give up, we will beat those brainless people..

    • Alex October 16, 2018 at 11:50 pm - Reply

      Thanks Rich :) I’m not sure if it will help as YouTube aren’t exactly known for their listening skills, but I’m suggesting to people to let the CEO and Team Youtube know via twitter with something like…

      @SusanWojcicki and @TeamYouTube PLEASE stop deleting transgender channels that are not in breach of community guidelines!!!! Bring back youtube.com/Transthetics https://youtu.be/m1nyFt4wvXc https://transthetics.com/youtube-shafted-my-channel-again/ #YouTubeCensorship #YouCantDeleteUs #BringBackTransthetics

  4. GB October 16, 2018 at 11:52 pm - Reply

    this is so sad, … on xtube of all places. Whats their reason, … out of spite … ?
    Serge PS: quite happy with the product I bought from you.

  5. Tommy October 16, 2018 at 11:59 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sending this email. I was excited to watch the video yesterday when I opened up your email, only to be greeted with the message that your channel was cancelled. Sigh. Your explanation makes this reality all that more sad and infuriating.

    Is there anything we, the community, can do to support you? Did you reach out to some of the trans celebrities or YouTube celebrities that claim to be LGBTQ allies to see if they would be willing to rally with you? Is this too much for you to do? Did you think to write an article for FTM Magazine or another medium about this issue? I’ve always found your written communication compelling. I think you could have an incredible impact. You already do with the folks who’ve discovered you.

    • Alex October 17, 2018 at 12:00 am - Reply

      The truth is I really just want to be focusing my energy on making great products that help people and not fighting these ridiculous battles that we shouldn’t need to be fighting in this day and age, but I have suggested to people that they let their feelings be known via twitter to the CEO of YouTube and team YouTube with something like…

      @SusanWojcicki and @TeamYouTube PLEASE stop deleting transgender channels that are not in breach of community guidelines!!!! Bring back youtube.com/Transthetics https://youtu.be/m1nyFt4wvXchttps://transthetics.com/youtube-shafted-my-channel-again/ #YouTubeCensorship #YouCantDeleteUs #BringBackTransthetics

      Not sure it will help as YouTube aren’t exactly known for their listening skills, but it can’t hurt….

      In any case, you CAN still see the video here https://www.xtube.com/video-watch/showcasing-the-hot-rod-37831861 but be aware that this is a porn site…

  6. AL October 17, 2018 at 12:02 am - Reply

    Why dont´t you change for Vimeo. Use a comercial acconunt on vimeo and forget YouTube!!
    ;)

    • Alex October 17, 2018 at 12:03 am - Reply

      I tried. I had a paid account and vimeo cancelled it in the first week. Unfortunately they’re even worse than YouTube when it comes to this kind of content ie prosthetic devices for trans men :(

  7. Ja October 17, 2018 at 12:04 am - Reply

    It is obvious that YouTube is being monitored by a group of old ladies
    who find transsexualism offencs their sensitive self righteousness. I
    meet a similar kind of hands over the eyes and ears of the
    ill-educated. I can understand your anger and frustration as I support
    intersex people and often encounter a similar attitude .

  8. Dana October 17, 2018 at 12:05 am - Reply

    Alex, is there anything we can do, as a community, to help? You were VERY clear that the video was NSFW, and that people who might be offended should quit watching. This has gotten ridiculous. We need your presence, and there are far more graphic things getting through the algorithms.

    I’m sorry you are having these issues, and I’ve been following YouTube’s censorship now for over a year. From what I’ve been seeing, some creators are going back and redoing some videos with prosthetics and demonstrating their uses on places other than genitalia. I know that doesn’t give a great representation of your products, but it might be a way to get around the censors. Or the people who are complaining about whatever they are finding offensive.

    I wish you well, and if I can write a letter to YouTube requesting your presence on there, I’d be happy to do so. Aim us in the right direction! I’m sure I’m not alone!

    • Alex October 17, 2018 at 12:06 am - Reply

      Yes, as above. I’ll PM you :)

  9. J Scott October 17, 2018 at 12:09 am - Reply

    What was the youtube channel name? I want to contact youtube to complain.

  10. RAy October 17, 2018 at 12:11 am - Reply

    Forget Youtube. They are FULL of RightWing Conservative American transphobic bigots. You’re better off Instagram/FB/ Email. Take it from this Transgender American. Youtube is purposefully attacking LGBTQ sites. IMO WE should BOYCOTT Youtube…
    I’m a return customer. Youtube didn’t do that. Your product did.
    Best wishes.

    • Alex October 17, 2018 at 12:13 am - Reply

      Thanks for the encouragement. I definitely encounter the same issues on FB. They won’t even let me post pix of my underwear :/ Seems Tumblr is the only one that doesn’t.

  11. RF October 17, 2018 at 12:14 am - Reply

    I’m so sorry this has happened to you. Your products are truly fantastic and the Trans world needs to see them to buy them. Hopefully this will change and YT will come to their now non-existent senses.

  12. Elijah October 17, 2018 at 12:15 am - Reply

    How can we support you, bro? Is there a petition we can sign perhaps? :-/

    • Alex October 17, 2018 at 12:15 am - Reply

      Yes, let’s let the CEO know! Will PM you :)

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