Pokemon YouTubers have been having a tough time in recent months, as a nasty glitch on the platform is causing their videos and channels to get far less attention.
According to Pokemon YouTuber Leonhart, a YouTube glitch is automatically marking videos as "made for kids," which means a big difference for how videos are featured. Videos marked as "made for kids" do not get promoted in the same way, comments can be turned off, subscription notification options are limited, and older videos are not suggested to viewers.
While many might view Pokemon YouTube channels as creating content made for kids, the actual labeling of "made for kids" impacts any video. No matter what the content/channel is, choosing a "made for kids" tag when uploading the video results in all the side effects listed above. You can still create kid-friendly content on YouTube and not mark your video specifically for children. When given the page listing why your video isn't specifically for kids, you can either choose an option that aligns with your content, or simply state that there are no options that describe your video. The video is processed, ads are shown as usual, and the restrictions mentioned above are not implemented.
Leonhart has spoken to YouTube, who has confirmed that this is indeed a glitch, and their engineers are working on fixing things. When that fix gets pushed live is anyone's guess, and countless YouTubers are forced to endure the hiccup while they wait.