For weeks, cries of censorship and cyberbullying have been echoing across the digital halls of the video-sharing site as a few prominent men have come out swinging, accusing opportunistic women of using their sex appeal—read: boobs—to rob them of traffic and the cash that comes with it.
Now that’s fascinating. When (if ever) does sex appeal count as cheating?
Years ago on YouTube, some creators would run a single frame of boobs in the exact center of a video, so it would show as the thumbnail. From the friends I’ve had there, I’ve learned that a lot of policy and tech changes came from dealing with people trying to game the system.
Because when you’re trying to build a platform that rewards popular content but also rides on instant, repeated discovery, the more popular you get, the harder you have to fight to maintain site integrity. And your long-term goals (even financial ones) could be hurt by meeting your short-term ones the wrong way.