Anyone seeing the new YouTube issue involving COPPA?

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#1 nintendoboy16
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A couple months old article from Tech Crunch, but recently the hysteria is building up.

Some gaming vids related to the matter. Oh, jeez. What a cluster*** we have. Even I'm worried.

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Seems a bit Nanny State to me. What exactly happened that caused COPPA to come about? Is this a new law, or something that Youtube recently screwed themselves on?

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@mrbojangles25 said:

Seems a bit Nanny State to me. What exactly happened that caused COPPA to come about? Is this a new law, or something that Youtube recently screwed themselves on?

New revision stating they can terminate your access, or your google account's access now if they deem you not commercially viable. It's just another way for them to terminate you if they don't agree or like the content you're promoting/creating. This is NOT good. "YouTube may terminate your access, or your Google account’s access to all or part of the Service if YouTube believes, in its sole discretion, that provision of the Service to you is no longer commercially viable."

To sum it up: Youtube's basically letting everyone know that they've gone full SJW. If they disagree with something you say, then they are free to remove whatever they disagree with. In fact, it can be interpreted as them simply not hosting any of your videos for whatever reason.

It's pretty stupid, honestly and big media websites like this taking that kind of approach is just blatant censorship. And the dangerous kind, because you'll only get to see articles/videos that these websites agree with. Governments should really make some laws to prevent these websites stomping all on free speech, but sadly they seem to be on the side of the censorship since it's convenient for them. It's kinda sad how few people actually realize just how important open discussion and different viewpoints are these days... and how systems currently are being set up that prevent people from even being exposed to anything most would think of as controversial.

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#4 angeldeb82  Online
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Google has said that YouTube isn't planning to jettison your channel. Let's just hope they're right.

https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2019/11/13/no-youtube-isnt-planning-to-jettison-your-unprofitable-channel/

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#5  Edited By Sancho_Panzer
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@mrbojangles25: Google recently got fined $130 million for illegally tracking kids so they could sell them more s#!t from Hasbro. Their response is to shift the onus to content creators to identify child-targeted and child-friendly content, so that they can pretend not to be tracking it and still sell the audience more s#!t from Hasbro.

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@mrbojangles25: coppa isn’t new and has been around since 2000. Youtube was recently fined a large amount for violating it by having targeted ads aimed at kids based on tracked activity of them. Which they should never have been doing in the first place.

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#7  Edited By dave123321
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A lot of the panic of non kids channels is overblown. Like you have to be a clear kids directed thing to really be on the hook for violations of it. That being said channels that are directed towards kids are pretty much screwed and it’s unfortunate that YouTube’s incompetence allowed so many people to build a livelihood or at least a good source of income from it before it was dashed away basically overnight.