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YouTube changed its ad rules to appease advertisers. YouTubers say they're the ones paying for it

Over the last 11 years, Chris Thompson has built a career on YouTube. His personal videos about relationships, sex and LGBTQ issues won him more than 385,000 subscribers.

But recent shifts by YouTube led Thompson to cast aside the platform that provided his primary source of income. This year, he's trying to bring his audience with him to the Amazon-owned livestreaming service Twitch.

"I can talk about whatever I want on Twitch. I can speak my mind," Thompson said.

Video producers like Thompson have long been considered the lifeblood of YouTube's thriving community of so-called creators.

But that same grassroots community that helped YouTube spark a paradigm

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