YouTube has updated its terms of service, which will roll out fully on December 10th, and the new rules, among others, will allow the company to take down a video if it does not feel it should be on the site.
“YouTube is under no obligation to host or serve content,” the new policy reads.
That means that even though YouTube is an open platform for content, it doesn’t have to keep content on its site if it feels it doesn’t serve a purpose.
According to The Verge, this is the third time that the streaming platform has changed its policy this year alone. It noted that most of these changes are focused on who is using the platform and more protection towards children.
The site was slapped with a $170 million (about $224 million CAD) fine from the Federal Trade Commission for alleged violations against the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.
The new terms of service include a section on parental responsibility when using the site.
“If you are a minor in your country, you must always have your parent or guardian’s permission before using the service,” one part of the terms read.
A spokesperson told The Verge that the platform is just trying to make its terms “easier to read and to ensure they’re up to date.”
“We’re not changing the way our products work, how we collect or process data, or any of your settings,” the spokesperson noted.
Source: YouTube Via: The Verge
Shruti Shekar is a telecom and tech reporter for MobileSyrup. She was formerly a political reporter at The Hill Times based in Ottawa and prior to that was a communications officer for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. She loves reading, the Raptors, and all the alcohol.