When YouTube began back in 2002, the original founders could never have expected the rate of which the website would grow.
With the immense growth in popularity, many rules have been implemented in regards to suggestive content and copyrighted material. This was done to prevent any unwanted or stolen material from outshining original and innovative content.
Throughout the process of regulating content, more times than not, the only thing accomplished from all the changes is confusion about proper protocol and frustration over "unprovoked" demonetization.
If the executives at YouTube focus on regulating their viewers instead of their content creators, they will be on the right track to fixing their current issues.