Major Project- November 11

November 11, 2015

(Some of this information might be repetitive from previous sections I have outlines, but under the “Policy and Safety tab” there is more information than I found previously regarding privacy)

Policy and Safety


  • “Report violations and learn about protecting your privacy.”
  • how to get content removed if someone posts something about your personal information
  • tips on protecting your privacy: think before posting, don’t share your password, get permission before posting videos involving others, read the privacy terms

Harassment and Cyberbullying

  • when harassment crosses the line into attack, it can be reported
  • “In other cases, users may be mildly annoying or petty and should simply be ignored.”
  • Harassment may include :
  • Abusive videos, comments, messages
  • Revealing someone’s personal information
  • Maliciously recording someone without their consent
  • Deliberately posting content in order to humiliate someone
  • Making hurtful and negative comments/videos about another person
  • Unwanted sexualization, which encompasses sexual harassment or sexual bullying in any form
  • tips: think before posting, speak up, tell an adult, delete comments and block users causing problems, report harassment on youtube
  • if you are threatened, tell and adult and report to your legal authorities

Hateful Content

  • encourage free speech and points of view but do not permit hate speech
  • hate speech includes violence or hate towards groups based on: race, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity
  • there is a fine line between what is and what is not considered hate speech
  • block user if you are offended by their opinions, but report them if they are violating youtube’s policy on hate speech


  • 2 types of impersonation, impersonation of a channel or individual
  • impersonation of a channel includes someone creating a channel with the same title, background, content, and text
  • impersonation of an individual includes using someone else’s personal information


  • people who threaten others may receive a strike against their account or have their account removed
  • you can file a report to youtube
  • a warning states that if you have been seriously threatened to contact your local law enforcement

Child Endangerment

  • zero tolerance policy for any sexual content involving minors
  • youtube will report to NCMEC
  • report any suspicious to youtube
  • youtube will assist law enforcement any way possible

Nudity or Sexual Content

  • “If a video is intended to be sexually provocative, it is less likely to be acceptable for YouTube.”
  • sexually explicit content not allowed
  • videos containing nudity for educational purposes and isn’t graphic may be allowed (ex. a documentary on breast cancer)
  • in cases that content does not cross the line but is still considered sexual content, the video may be age restricted

Violent or Graphic Content

  • youtube is becoming an outlet for journalists or documentarists, some of this content may be violent in nature
  • if content is violent users should post a warning
  • not okay to post content that’s primarily intended to be shocking or disprespectful
  • some content may be age-restricted

Harmful or Dangerous Content

  • “While it might not seem fair to say you can’t show something because of what viewers might do in response, we draw the line at content that intends to incite violence or encourage dangerous or illegal activities that have an inherent risk of serious physical harm or death.”
  • videos that promote others to engage in violence are not allowed
  • examples of restricted videos include illegal activities such as instructional bomb making or hard drug use

Spam, Misleading Metadata and Scams

  • not okay to post large amounts of unwanted content in videos or comments
  • anything that artificially increases the number of views is against terms
  • metadata includes all information about a video
  • thumbnails must be appropriate
  • content that tries to mislead others for financial gain are not allowed

Legal Policies

  • “Using someone else’s trademark in a username, tags, or the title of your video does not necessarily constitute infringement. However, if there is content on your profile or video that would confuse viewers into believing that the trademark owner created or sponsors your page or content, then the trademark owner’s rights may be infringed.”
  • google prohibits the sale or promotion of counterfeit goods

Additional Policies

  • vulgar language may require videos to be age-restricted
  • if an account is found to be overly inactive it may be removed. This includes not logging in for 6 months, never uploading content, not actively watching videos or channels
  • age restrictions: you must be 13 or older to have an account, 18 or older to view restricted content

Reflection: The harassment and cyberbullying section was interesting. I think it’s great that they include this and address the issue, but it raised some questions with me. It is somewhat vague when it tells users to ignore petty or annoying comments. This might be difficult because who is to say what is petty or annoying and what is harassment? If someone is hurt by a comment it could be perceived as petty by someone else. I want to explore this issue more on youtube because I am quite certain there are lots of negative comments (harassment) posted to many videos but they don’t seem to do anything about it? The number of negative comments seems like there are too many to control.

A lot of the consequences for going against the safety policies include having accounts removed. This does not seem like a very severe consequence, what is to stop someone from just creating a new account? They clearly state that you are to report any serious threats to your local law enforcement, but I wonder how seriously they would take these complaints?

I was very surprised about their policy on inactive accounts. I am not sure why they would feel the need to delete inactive accounts or why you are required to upload content. Maybe some people are active on youtube but don’t post videos, I’m not sure that is warrant for having their account removed.

The age requirement is 13 for a youtube account, but I am certain many kids younger than 13 have accounts. How do they monitor this? Is there a parental permission requirement? (I couldn’t find any).


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