Tipeee has deleted the profiles of youtubers who mentioned competitor uTip in their description

The online donation platform warned YouTubers who posted links to uTip, its competitor, in the description of their page, that they risked losing their profile. This is what finally happened: Tipeee deleted several profiles of creators, who had refused to move the famous link to another location.

The Tipeee microdonations platform deleted, on December 1, 2021, some creator pages on its platform. The YouTubers concerned had been warned by email for the first time, at the beginning of November: Tipeee had asked them to remove from the description of their profiles the mention of uTip, one of its competitors, under penalty of sanctions.

What Tipeee was asking for was a subtle, yet important, change: YouTubers were still allowed to link to their uTip page, but in a specially designated area in their profile – the area where they could link to their uTip page. YouTube page, their Twitter account, etc. Tipeee users were not allowed to mention uTip, or to put a link to the site directly in the description part of their profile. A difference that is not necessarily obvious to visitors, but which has had major consequences for YouTubers.

Because a few days later, the creators who had not complied until then received another email, more direct, in which it was required to do ” the changes requested by November 30 at the latest “. This December 1, the sentence fell: Tipeee deleted the profiles of creators who had not respected his requests.

Tipeee deleted some creator’s pages // Source: Tipeee

15 accounts deleted according to Tipeee

Numerama was able to verify that at least 7 YouTuber accounts had been closed for this reason. The creators concerned received at midnight a last email from Tipeee, informing them that the time limit to change their profile had expired.

« Despite our reminders, you have not made the requested changes to your Tipeee page. As a result, your Tipeee page has just been closed », Can we read in the email, which Numerama was able to consult. ” The tips [dons, ndlr] recurring payments in progress have been canceled, and one-off tips made in November have been refunded », Also indicates the email.

Asked by Numerama, Tipeee confirmed to us that “ 15 Creators pages were closed following the alerts sent. The Tippers were obviously all reimbursed for their contribution “. The platform also recalls that the creators were put in default twice before seeing their account deleted, and that ” Tipeee was under no obligation to warn them of the said closures “, more than ” the team wished to do it by correction and to give them the opportunity to bring their page into conformity with the provisions that they agreed to observe by opening their account on Tipeee ».

« Tipeee decided not to force them immediately to modify the description of their page, even if it did not respect the T & Cs and / or if it contained defamatory remarks towards Tipeee. But there comes a time when the situation must evolve so as not to deviate what is the essence of Tipeee. »

The deletions didn’t affect everyone the same: Numerama noticed that at least one online account still shows uTip in its description. But a creator also explained to us that his account was deleted after removing the mention of uTip, as requested. However, he admits having diverted their instructions a bit, ” ironically », By putting several links to his uTip account in another part of his profile.

Asked about this, Tipeee specifies that ” despite a first alert, we are talking about a Creator who persisted in highlighting on his Tipeee page a message calling on his community not to contribute to funding his content on Tipeee. Or […] Tipeee is a donation platform and called upon not to use it as such is a clear diversion of its purpose. Furthermore […] the part ” presentation »Cannot be diverted from its object: it must be entirely devoted to describing the content to be financed and no other words can be exposed to it. The Creators have accepted the principle by signing the T & Cs. »

Tipeee only authorizes the advertisement for the competitor uTip in this place of the user profile, but not in the description of the profiles.

A difficult period for Tipeee

Why were the creators so keen to keep the mention of uTip in their profile, when they risked deletion (and Tipeee allowed this link if it was put in another area of ​​their profile)? For the YouTubers who made this choice, it was above all for a question of principle, and to oppose the decisions of Tipeee.

Their discontent dates back to September, whenan issue of Complement d’Enquête, dedicated to the financing of fake news, was broadcast. In this report Michael Goldman, the founder of Tipeee, was questioned, in particular because of the role played by the platform in the financing of Hold Up, a conspiratorial film which explained that the Covid-19 pandemic would have been organized by mysterious political elites to enslave the population on a global scale.

It was during this show that the founder of Tipeee said he assumed ” everything on this site, from the most anti-Semitic to the least anti-Semitic, and from the most conspiratorial to the least conspiratorial “, and ” as long as these people have not been convicted by justice for what they say, I see no valid and moral reason to remove them from the site, and I even tell them that we will make sure that they are defend on the site “. Words that had revolted some of the users of the site, who had decided to leave. Others had chosen to stay on the platform, but to highlight their profile on uTip. Michael Goldman had then developed his remarks on France Inter, regretting this sentence, while assuming to keep on its platform creators who propagate conspiratorial messages or calls to hatred.

If Tipeee has every right to delete profiles that do not respect these T & Cs, it is possible to wonder about the extent of the precautions and measures (several repeated emails) for only about fifteen (small) accounts , all for a link placed in the wrong place. Especially since Tipeee welcomes no less than 15,000 different designers, and the problems they have been experiencing since September do not seem to have had an impact on their success: in October, the site collected more than 23 million euros in tips, a memory.

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