Published On: Fri, Apr 20th, 2018

Dave Rubin battles YouTube over demonitizing interview with Thomas Sowell on ‘free speech’

Political commentator, self-proclaimed classical liberal and host of “The Rubin Report” Dave Rubin has claimed that YouTube demonetized a segment of his video interview with award-winning economist Thomas Sowell. YouTube targeted is the first part of the full interview, titled “Thomas Sowell on Facts and Free Speech.”

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Taking to Twitter, Rubin explained that the video was initially monetized before becoming demonetized.


YouTube has confirmed that “the automated system recently applied a yellow icon,” and stated that “a video’s classification may change after it’s published as our systems continue to analyze more info from the video.”

YouTube added that “this video has yet to be manually reviewed, so please request one!”

Rubin quickly responded that he had already requested a manual review, but questioned why the content of the video would warrant demonetization, as well as Youtube’s protocols for reviewing video.

Rubin hosts a long form interview show called The Rubin Report, which covers numerous topics including social issues and politics.

In May 2017, Rubin discussed the issue and claimed that demonetization of his videos led to a decrease in revenue of 60 percent. In January, Rubin stated that YouTube had demonetized an interview with Ben Shapiro, the Editor-in-Chief of Daily Wire. Later in the month, Rubin made another claim regarding demonetization of a video that criticized socialism.


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