YouTube’s feature to manually request video reviews is currently broken
While Twitter is already flooded with confused YouTubers complaining about monetization signs on their video dancing between yellows and greens, now the ability to manually ‘Request review’ is also not working.
Lately, what’s being put across by users on Twitter is that the option to ‘Request review’ does nothing. It acts numb for all videos, let alone videos marked yellow.
Tried using the manual review option like 4 times now, its literally not working. Guess I didn't want that video anyway… lol
— H3dsh0t (@_H3dsh0t) November 1, 2017
@YouTube Hello, I am requesting a manual review of three videos but when I click the button nothing happens? please advise, thanks.
— Speak Life Not Death (@speaklife516) November 1, 2017
@YouTube you need to get your crap together and stop demonitizing videos for no reason!! You’ve cost me around 4K views in the last day and it’s not even letting me request a manual review, this is BS!
— CaptainBayeee (@CaptainBayeee) October 31, 2017
That's what I get for tempting fate: Youtube won't let me submit a request for a manual review of the Nightmare Creatures review for ads.
— DarkLordJadow1 (@DLJGameReviews) October 31, 2017
Youtube ad Monetization – Request Manual Review Not Working https://t.co/kkh4LYhavm
— Dav Will (@davwillcom) October 31, 2017
With more users chiming in, team YouTube acknowledged the issue while reverting back to one of the complainants.
Hi Abby, thanks for letting us know, we're looking into it!
— Team YouTube (@TeamYouTube) October 31, 2017
Elsewhere, Google employee Marissa (who is also the Community Manager at YouTube help forum) also confirmed that the feature is broken.
While there’s never a good time for a problem to arrive, it would not be wrong to say that the timing of this particular issue couldn’t have been any worse. Reason being, just recently, YouTube released an update to bring down the number of misclassified videos by 30%. The company said channel owners who felt their video were wrongly marked with a yellow icon, could manually file an appeal to convince the system to take another look at the videos.
As we mentioned in the beginning, a lot of YouTubers were already complaining about wrongly marked videos since the update arrived. And now, with manual review feature broken, such users have been left helpless, suffering financial losses.
The company is currently investigating the issue in question. We hope they catch hold of the root cause soon, and fix it. Meanwhile, keep a watch here for all related developments, as we’ll keep updating as and when they occur.