de·​mon·​e·​tize (ˌ)dē-ˈmä-nə-ˌtīz How to pronounce demonetize (audio) -ˈmə- How to pronounce demonetize (audio)
demonetized; demonetizing; demonetizes

transitive verb

: to stop using (a metal) as a monetary standard
: to deprive of value for official payment
: to block (online content) from earning revenue (as from advertisements)
When YouTube began its charge to demonetize more videos with sensitive content following its brand safety snafu earlier this year, some high-profile creators were vocal about how their incomes had plummeted as a result.Lara O'Reilly
… Facebook demonetized the Bee's business page in October, leaving it unable to collect fees for subscriptions or virtual events, because of an article that riffed on a classic bit from "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."Christian Toto
demonetization noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The risk associated with dependency on a single system that can either demonetize you, or cut your pay drastically at a moments notice, is risky business. Kenneth Rapoza, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 YouTube will still allow videos with falsehoods about climate change on its platform — but will demonetize any videos or channels that promote hoaxes or conspiracy theories about the topic. Todd Spangler, Variety, 7 Oct. 2021 Six weeks later, De La Haye was presented with an ultimatum, demonetize his YouTube channel or give up his football scholarship. Joe Mario Pedersen,, 3 Oct. 2021 YouTube also used this agreement to demonetize Dawson and Onision. Zoe Haylock, Vulture, 26 May 2021 YouTube can decide literally tomorrow to demonetize your channel, and are half of these people going to continue their channels without being monetized? Sandra Song, Vulture, 6 Mar. 2021 YouTube demonetized videos that mention coronavirus. Stanley Reed,, 6 Mar. 2020 In early 2019, for example, the company demonetized anti-vaccination videos by removing ads, and changed its recommendation algorithms to fight other conspiracy theories. Dan Garisto/undark, Popular Science, 9 Mar. 2020 As soon as the policy launched, a journalist who makes documentary films chronicling hate movements had content removed from YouTube, and his channel was demonetized. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, 11 Dec. 2019 See More

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Word History


French démonétiser, from dé- de- + Latin moneta coin — more at mint

First Known Use

1795, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of demonetize was in 1795

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“Demonetize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

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