YouTuber Who Builds Extreme DIY Lasers Suspended From Site

Drake Anthony's channel is in danger of being permanently taken down.


Drake Anthony, a YouTuber who began his channel in 2006, posted a video today on an explaining that he received a "strike" on YouTube banning him from posting to the site for two weeks. This is the second time his channel has received a strike.

Anthony is known for his videos of and homemade lasers. As he explains in the video, he received the strike for a series he made testing the recipes in an old chemistry textbook from the 1930s. Anthony says his videos are purely for scientific curiosity and he is only receiving strikes because he has about half a million subscribers, while other channels that film dangerous stunts are allowed to continue because of their much larger number of subscribers.

In the description of the video, Anthony writes that he's appealing his strike with YouTube and will post updates in the alternate account video description and on his . He also notes that other DIY science channels, like Cody's Lab and Explosions&Fire have also been "hit hard" by YouTube. A from the channel Explosions&Fire uploaded last September explains that their channel was deleted for similar violations. They reacted by creating a to host their videos.

YouTube's community guidelines ban videos that "[intend] to incite violence or encourage dangerous or illegal activities that have an inherent risk of serious physical harm or death," but make an exception for videos whose "primary purpose is educational, documentary, scientific or artistic (EDSA), and it isn't gratuitously graphic". Anthony, who has a degree in chemistry, argues that his videos are meant to provide scientific insight to viewers, who he encourages to go into careers in science. It remains to be seen whether that's enough to convince YouTube to keep his channel online.

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