how I got my youtube channel deleted
Youtube recently deleted my youtube channel for possible copyright violations which I completely deserved but not in such an unexpected way, This post will explain how it happened
my youtube channel
I had a youtube channel (theabbie) which I had created along with my google account in 2015, I didn't upload stuff on it, I had uploaded 2-3 videos just to fun around.
It was used by me only for watching videos, and other personal uses.
youtube uploading bot
around 1 year ago, I saw a youtube channel webdriver torso which had around 625K videos, then I thought how was that possible, after some research I found that the videos where getting uploaded by a script.
difficulty in creating the bot
Fortunately, I discovered Google apps script which made it very easy to use google API's and thus I created the bot, but now I had a greater problem, How would I get my videos?
I had initially thought of creating random videos using canvas API, but due to lack of resources and knowledge, It was very difficult to implement that, thus I went for the easy way, search random videos on youtube and upload the first result.
It was very easy and I was successfully uploading 30-50 videos per day, I had thought of uploading 10000 videos, thus, Even if I get 1 view per video, It would be 10000 views, but things don't work that way.
after uploading around 1000 videos, I realised that Majority of them had no views, of course, who would watch clickbait, but still.
series of copyright strikes and claims
My bot was programmed to upload the first video that came in results, and, first video is always from a big youtube channel, thus, I had broken many copyright rules.
most of them made copyright claims rather than copyright strikes, but, I had 2 copyright strikes and one more strike and my channel would get deleted automatically.
Thus, I had to stop my bot for atleast 3 months till the strikes expire.
After 3 months, when all the strikes expored, I decided to find a new source for my videos, I was experimenting on converting GIF to mp4 as getting random GIF is very easy, but unfortunately, one day, suddenly I realise that I was logged out of my youtube account, after some troubleshooting I realised that my account was deleted.
I e-mailed YouTube and as expected, was informed that It was due to copyright violations, I explained (begged) them, but, they took their hands off the case.
I was more sad not because of deleted YouTube channel, but my personal account, the watch history, my songs playlist, my popular comments, my awesome recommendations, all in Vain.
moral of the story
Don't mess with copyright
— With ♥️ From an unsuccessful YouTuber