The path to commercialisation by YouTube was a slippery slope. First the paid ads, then the ever-greater reliance on the income from the ads, then the death blow – the demands of the advertisers.
Don’t get me wrong, I am a devoutly commercial man, but if you are successful because you have developed an edgy, creative, free speech platform, then the advertisers must conform to that. The other way around is the death of the business model.
Google, the new owner of YouTube, has made the decision to take it mainstream. As such it has protected its revenue in the short-term and consigned itself to business oblivion in the longer term.
I know little about this, but VIDME comes up as possibly the best alternative. Other suggestions are welcome.