YouTube's sometimes uneven crackdown on ads placed on offensive content has driven some video creators to the crowd-funding site Patreon for a more reliable source of income.
But that alternative may become a bit more difficult after an update the Google-owned site rolled out this week.
Google no longer lets creators who aren't part of its partnership program embed links to external sites like Patreon within their videos.
The change is supposed to "curb abuse" by encouraging channel owners to partner with the site so it can "evaluate the validity of the channel" and determine whether the videos are appropriate, a Google spokesperson said. Read more...More about Google, Youtube, Business, and Big Tech Companies