Aditi Paranjpe reviews YouTube’s policy. From today (10 December 2019) YouTube’s new policy 2019 will go into effect.
YouTube’s new terms of services allow the video-sharing platform to terminate creator accounts if they are ‘no longer commercially viable’ (BusinessInsider).
YouTube is one of the largest video-sharing platforms in the world. With the wide range of content being uploaded, by people from around the globe, it becomes important to censor and keep in the check the videos being shared for the sake of the best interest of the viewers.
The account holders have to follow a set of guidelines regarding the type of content they share since viewers may not always like what they see, for instance, content that is hateful, sexual, misleading, threatening, etc., basically that might have a negative impact on a person. When such content is shared, viewers have the right and power to report accounts and videos that they feel violate the guidelines.
Viewers may report content and users, and their own privacy violations, if any. YouTube also offers a range of safety tools to ensure the online security of its users. It gives them options to screen unwanted content, provides, a ‘Suicide and Self-injury’ helpline, and educator and parent resources to enhance users’ overall experience.