YouTube Announces Tighter Content Guidelines

Jim Liebelt | Senior Editor of Publications for HomeWord | Thursday, December 04, 2008

YouTube Announces Tighter Content Guidelines

As the old saying goes, "something is better than nothing."  This may well apply to the recently announced changes to tighten YouTube's content guidelines. But, I would not suggest that this ought to lessen parents' concerns or oversight of their children's interaction on the popular website.

As a community, we have come to count on each other to be entertained, challenged, and moved by what we watch and share on YouTube. We've been thinking a lot lately about how to make the collective YouTube experience even better, particularly on our most visited pages. Our goal is to help ensure that you're viewing content that's relevant to you, and not inadvertently coming across content that isn't. Here are a few things we came up with:

Stricter standard for mature content - While videos featuring pornographic images or sex acts are always removed from the site when they're flagged, we're tightening the standard for what is considered "sexually suggestive." Videos with sexually suggestive (but not prohibited) content will be age-restricted, which means they'll be available only to viewers who are 18 or older.

Demotion of sexually suggestive content and profanity - Videos that are considered sexually suggestive, or that contain profanity, will be algorithmically demoted on our 'Most Viewed,' 'Top Favorited,' and other browse pages.

Source: YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/blog?entry=AEX3_7h40mk

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