YouTube Silences Instructional Hacking and Phishing Videos

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YouTube is a great way to learn various topics. If you search with the keyword Windows, you will be able to learn the various concepts related to the Windows operating system. The latest development is that YouTube has banned videos related to Instructional Hacking and Phishing.

YouTube has changed the policy and has added two new items under the “harmful or dangerous content category. As per the new update, Instructional Hacking and Phishing videos can’t be uploaded on the platform. The popular video-sharing platform revealed that the company won’t allow users to learn how to bypass secure computer systems.

The platform won’t allow users to learn the process to steal user credentials and personal data. It has come to the notice that users are motivated to hack the system and perform phishing operations after going through the videos. With the new policy, you can upload Instructional Hacking and Phishing Videos, which are potentially harmful to the real existence of the world. It remains to be seen as to the content related to Ethical Hacking is allowed or not.

Prior to the new policy, moderators had enough powers to remove videos that are dangerous to the community. The video will be removed if a specific number of visitors reported the violation.

A popular YouTube creator Kody Kinzie, who uploads instructional hacking videos on Null Byte channel had disclosed that he is unable to upload a video. He added that the video explains the procedure to launch fireworks over Wi-Fi because of the policy change.

We checked his channel and he had actually uploaded the video. It seems that YouTube only removes hardcore hacking related videos and not educational videos. Kinzie also added that YouTube had problems with three of his videos and had flagged them. The videos are under review and he had filed an appeal.

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YouTube has silenced content creators who virtually help hackers to learn the steps involved in Instructional Hacking and Phishing. Even though educational videos won’t face any backlash, those videos that provide the real steps to hack other systems won’t be allowed. The move is intended to clean up the Internet world and also to protect computers.

Anand Narayanaswamy is the editor-in-chief of Netans. He was recognized as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 9 years (2002 to 2011) and again as a Microsoft MVP in Surface under Windows and Devices in January 2024. He worked as a Chief Technical Editor with ASPAlliance and was part of ASPInsider program. Anand has published several articles and reviews related to various software and hardware products for various software and technology related websites. He is also active on social media and also participates as an Influencer for various brands. Anand can be reached at admin@netans.com