A new policy update on YouTube has added a new item in its list of “harmful or dangerous content”, specifically in the “instructional hacking and phishing videos”. Media reports that this new update has left many of the content creators puzzled.
YouTube is a famous video sharing platform, but recently, this video platform has been facing strong criticism for building a business on other people’s copyrights. You can see this updated policy on the content page of the website. Under the sub-head of instructional hacking and phishing, YouTube has said that it will no longer allow people to post videos on ‘how to by-pass secure computer systems, or steal the user credentials and personal data’.
This written policy first appeared in the Internet Wayback Machine’s archive of web history on April 5, 2019. Here it forbids “Instructional hacking and phishing: Showing users how to bypass secure computer systems or steal user credentials and personal data.” No clear information about the permissibility of cybersecurity related content has remained an issue for many years.
In the past, the video could be removed if enough viewers submitted their views on video being inappropriate, or even if the moderators found the videos violated other articulated policies. Now that there is a written rule made, there are concerns being raised on how the policy will be applied.
Kody Kinzie, who is a security researcher and educator, who posts hacking videos on YouTube’s Null Byte channel said that he could not upload a video created for the US 4th of July holiday to demonstrate launching fireworks because of this new rule. Kinzie also clarified that YouTube had problems with three previous videos which are either in the process of review or are being restored.
“I’m worried for everyone that teaches about InfoSec and tries to fill in the gaps for people who are learning. It is hard, often boring, and expensive to learn cybersecurity,” Kinzie tweeted.