Youtube Bans Minors From Live-Streaming Videos; An Adult Should Be Present From Now On

“Responsibility is our number one priority,” says YouTube’s official blog, declaring an important update concerning minors.

With the intention of protecting minors, YouTube has enforced a number of precautions that will keep the minds and hearts of minors safe and protected from the demons lurking on the video platform.

This is not the first time YouTube has acted to protect kids, the popular video app has previously launched the ‘YouTube Kids’ platform especially for kids which streams videos that are children friendly, and the app is also easy to use.

Last year, YouTube was accused of playing a part in a scandal, where it was illegally storing and misusing kid’s data. It was after this that YouTube launched the ‘YouTube Kids’ app.

What are these new rules implemented by YouTube? Read on to know all the details!


YouTube Sets Rules For Minors

YouTube does not allow minors below 13 years of age to create accounts on its platform. All the accounts of children below 13 years of age are deleted with immediate effect. In the first quarter of 2019 alone, YouTube has deleted more than 800,000 videos that did not follow the child safety policies.

YouTube has mentioned that they are working with civil society and law enforcement to stay updated to any new developments in the research of child safety. The video streaming platform has indeed taken security seriously, which is highlighted by the fact that it has been sharing several of its reports with the NCMEC, which has, in turn, resulted in a number of law enforcement investigations.

YouTube says, “Kids and families deserve the best protection we have to offer: We’re committed to investing in the teams and technology to make sure they get it.”

Here are the new updates that have been implemented by YouTube:

Restricting live features:

YouTube has restricted ‘younger minors’ from live streaming unless there is an adult present. Those YouTube channels that dont agree to this are at risk of losing their ability to live stream.

Classifiers have also been launched, which help YouTube sort the good content from bad, which is then removed.

Disabling comments on videos featuring minors:

Commenting on videos that include kids has been disabled. Commenting has been disabled for about ‘tens of millions of videos’ on YouTube.

Classifiers have been employed here as well, and this has boosted the deleting of comments by almost two times.

Reducing recommendations:

Recommendations of videos that feature minors have been limited to a certain boundary to keep kids and minors safe from being exploited online or offline too.

YouTube says in its official blog, “With this update, we’ll be able to better identify videos that may put minors at risk and apply our protections, including those described above, across even more videos.”

Will these new updates help our kids safe? Share your opinions with us in the comments section below!

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