We recently highlighted a new interesting English/Korean YouTube channel, covering climate science. The channel reached out to us, asked for video permissions with the goal to narrate or add subtitles for their Korean audience.
UPDATE April 22nd: Today I got notice that the channel has been disabled by the owner.
However, YouTube very likely just ‘terminated’ (YouTube jargon) this channel, possibly the entire Google account, since the email is no longer responsive. At least so it seems, when you now try to visit the channel it just reads, ‘This channel does not exist.’
YouTube terminated our first YouTube channel back in 2017, then later that year temporarily terminated our main channel. We can just speculate how many YouTube channels which cover climate based on science, have been removed, but the motive becomes clear when you look at the evidence.
Several studies found that YouTube offers more manipulative climate change content to their audience. Since they are the number one website in the world, it makes them the leading source for climate denialsim.
- ‘Most YouTube climate change videos oppose the consensus view‘
- ‘YouTube’s top related videos have a climate change denial problem‘
- ‘YouTube ads of 100 top brands fund climate misinformation‘
- ‘Why is YouTube Broadcasting Climate Misinformation to Millions?‘
If later generations go back and try to understand why it was so difficult to act on climate, here is a reason for it.
I was in close contact with the Korean channel owner, recently we discussed the publication of more Climate State content. The channel was a project from a famous South Korean University.