YouTube recently decided that instructional content in the realm of cybersecurity, including hacking how-to videos, were not acceptable on the ad-driven video platform.
There is a gray area to be sure when it comes to teaching people not only how to hack but also educating users more broadly about the infosec industry — and this fine line between educational purposes and guides for more nefarious activities needs to be publicly maintained.
However, you can tell the difference, for example, between a guide on what various types of vulnerabilities are and a video on how to create ransomware, and what appeared to be a recent policy change at YouTube has managed to cause an uproar.
As reported by 9to5Google, Google’s YouTube updated its content policy this week to spell out what is considered “harmful or dangerous content.”
The list includes “Instructional hacking and phishing: Showing users how to bypass secure computer systems or steal user credentials and personal data.”