The Verge briefly censored YouTubers who mocked its bad PC building advice



  • We talked to a copyright expert about the Verge's anti-fair use stance.

    Last week, The Verge got a reminder about the power of the Streisand effect after its lawyers issued copyright takedown requests for two YouTube videos that criticized—and heavily excerpted—a video by The Verge. Each takedown came with a copyright "strike." It was a big deal for the creators of the videos because three "strikes" in a 90-day period are enough to get a YouTuber permanently banned from the platform.

    ...The original Verge video was posted last September alongside an article titled "How to build a custom PC for gaming, editing, or coding." It featured Verge reporter Stefan Etienne assembling a PC by installing a CPU, graphics card, power supply, and other hardware into a tower-style case.

    The video soon became an object of ridicule among seasoned PC builders. Prominent YouTubers posted reaction videos showing clips of Etienne's instructions interspersed with their own incredulous commentary.

    Among other problems, critics argued Ettienne wore an anti-static bracelet without attaching it to anything, did not put his graphics card and memory chips in the best slots, and put way too much thermal paste on his CPU.

    Etienne also appeared to install his power supply backwards, with the fans pressed against the side of the case. That blocks airflow and creates a danger of the power supply overheating. And hilariously, Etienne told viewers to make sure that the power supply was resting on "these little insulating pads so the power supply doesn't short-circuit and come into contact with the rest of the system." In reality, the "insulating pads" are there to minimize vibration and noise....



  • Just goes to show, that while there is good information on the internet, YouTube and other outlets, you must realize that some or most is done with some creative license.

    YouTube videos can be used as a ‘guide’ and should not be (always) used as the rule.



  • @gjacobse said in The Verge briefly censored YouTubers who mocked its bad PC building advice:

    Just goes to show, that while there is good information on the internet, YouTube and other outlets, you must realize that some or most is done with some creative license.

    YouTube videos can be used as a ‘guide’ and should not be (always) used as the rule.

    But hell, if you use that video as a "guide", you'll be ruining your components quickly.