YouTube slammed over its latest COPPA comments, as community points out the whole situation is YouTube’s fault

Many people believe that YouTube caused the problem by collecting data from children.

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YouTube has published new comments on the changes that it will make to the platform from January 1st 2020, as a result of the settlement it agreed with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) violations.

However, its comments have been met with mass pushback and many are blaming YouTube for creating the situation which has left many creators uncertain over whether the platform will still be viable for them in 2020.

In its post, YouTube repeats many of the concerns raised by creators since the upcoming COPPA changes were announced and asks the FTC to:

  • Provide balanced and clear guidelines for creators
  • Allow platforms to “treat adults as adults if there are measures in place to confirm the user is an adult viewing kids content” (the FTC’s current guidance requires platforms to treat anyone watching child-directed content as a child who is under 13)
  • Provide clarity on what “made for kids content” is

YouTube has also asked creators to submit their comments to the FTC before the comment period closes on Wednesday, December 11.

Many Twitter users are not impressed with the response. “This is 100% your fault,” said one Twitter user.

Another Twitter user voiced their frustrations with YouTube’s lack of solutions for creators: “Why aren’t you sitting down with the FTC to work out solutions then?”

Others said the problem could be solved if YouTube was more vigilant about kicking kids off of YouTube and ensuring that they use the YouTube Kids app which doesn’t collect data and is COPPA compliant.

The pushback comes as frustrations over YouTube’s pending COPPA changes have been rising for months in the creator community.

One of the most popular solutions proposed by creators is to enforce compliance at the viewer level instead of at the content level. This would mean channel access could be blocked or data collection could be disabled for all viewers that are under 13 instead of the current proposal which is to determine whether content is “made for kids” on a video-by-video basis.

Users are also frustrated that the current COPPA settlement puts a huge amount of liability on creators. Not only is it predicted to cut some creator ad revenue by up to 90% but creators could be fined up to $42,000 per video if the FTC determines that they haven’t labeled their videos correctly.

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Tom Parker

Tom Parker is a head contributor for Reclaim The Net and provides news and analysis on how we can promote free speech, stop censorship, and protect our personal data online. [email protected]