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YouTube Is Making Changes To Its Profanity Policy For Videos After Facing Massive Backlash From Creators

YouTube is considering a major change to its profanity policy for videos on the platform.

The leading social media app has faced intense criticism and backlash from both creators and critics after it chose to demonetize videos that featured swear words. Hence, now Google is making some adjustments to the policy that was unveiled in November.


This rule rids ads and videos where a person is seen using foul language during the content’s initial 15 seconds or even if it’s prominent throughout the content. The app stated that it would completely demonetize such videos as a means to prevent creators from making the content of this nature.

The whole matter is very controversial, not because the policy is an issue alone but because the app is using the criteria for videos installed before the rule comes into play. And while many producers have tried to appeal such decisions, they weren’t too successful at it. The firm isn’t allowing users to edit the content to pass this hurdle too and that is something they deem to be unfair.



On the other hand, another major challenge has to do with the likes of communication being a huge hurdle. The app has failed at outlining to violators how and where they went wrong. This way, creators tend to only know about the updated policies after the content has been demonetized. This is unfair on their part as a lot of hard work goes to waste. Meanwhile, other creators do feel there is a major inconsistency in this type of content as well.

While some creators’ content does end up being flagged, others are not and then a remonetized video may end up losing a day’s worth of income. So when such stakes are involved, people are less likely to honor rules and end up losing revenue generated through ads.

For now, the company is yet to shed light on which part of the policy it plans on making amendments to and when as the discussion continues. But for now, creators can be happy that decisions would be made that would hopefully be in their best interest.

This sort of uncertainty may make some creators feel like they should rely less on the app for their main source of income. What do you think?

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