Controversies surrounding Children's Online Privacy Protection Act and YouTube

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Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) is a United States federal law, located at 15 U.S.C. §§ 6501–6506 (Pub.L. 105–277, 112 Stat. 2681-728, enacted October 21, 1998).

The act applies to the online collection of personal information by persons or entities under U.S. jurisdiction about children under the age of thirteen (including those outside of the United States if the company is United States-based). It gained notoriety recently after YouTube announced they were applying the policy after a $170,000,000 lawsuit from the Government of the State of New York.

The original cause of this controversy was a result of people uploading cartoons and toy reviews aimed towards children, among other things, which also led to parents allowing their children to watch such videos on YouTube, despite the target audience of the site being teenagers and adults. The YouTube Kids client app complied with these guidelines; however, several parents allowed their children to use the main YouTube client app, which ultimately resulted in the lawsuit and enactment of the policy.

Why It's Rotten

  1. The policy was formed during a business decision by Susan Wojcicki, in which a lot of popular YouTube videos have been deleted after checking if your channel is "made for kids".
  2. The new upload system is just a horrible decision to check if your video is "made for kids" or "not made for kids".
  3. Going off of that, the automatic mark of if a video is or isn't made for kids judging by the thumbnail is way too strict. If a video has any sort of drawn or animated character, vibrant colors, toys, the name of a franchise popular with kids (e.g. SpongeBob SquarePants and Super Mario), or any other sort of thing that normally appeals to kids, then it is marked as such.
    • The policy also seems to believe that cartoons are only for kids, since they say they mark any video with cartoon characters in it as 'made for kids'. To add insult to injury, they even mark videos with cartoon or child-friendly-looking characters containing graphic and inappropriate content as "made for kids", such as Cupcakes HD (a fan-made My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic music video where Pinkie Pie murders Rainbow Dash in one scene), Racist Mario (a parody where Mario gruesomely kills various third-party characters), some Happy Tree Friends fan-made videos, Secret Formula (a crude parody of SpongeBob SquarePants by MeatCanyon in which there's a lot of sexual moaning and the parody isn't made for kids at all) and even Don't Hug Me I'm Scared (though the status of these videos as "made for kids" was later removed). So kids can watch cute-looking cartoon animals getting murdered in an extremely gruesome way, or puppets that at first look innocent but later become nightmare fuel?! That is just very messed up.
      • There are even rumors that say some videos of the infamous Palestinian-propaganda show Tomorrow's Pioneers were marked for kids, including the infamous scene where Farfour (the Mickey Mouse ripoff) gets beaten to death.
      • In addition, some inappropriate channels are also marked as made for kids despite their content, like 1400 800 GANG, proving how broken the system is.
      • And to add further, some age restricted videos (marked by their algorithm) are marked as for kids, proving the system is even more broken.
      • Narmak got two community guideline strikes for his SpongeBob SquarePants Anime, which YouTube took down for supposedly putting inappropriate content in a video made for kids. They were eventually restored, though.
  4. What makes WIR #3 worse is that if you're caught breaking this rule, then you're given a fine of up to $42,000 per video, depending on how much ad revenue each video makes, but what if you can’t afford it?
  5. YouTube's account guidelines explicitly state it is a 13+ site and you have to be old enough to make an account, which is rather ironic.
  6. Many 2005-2019 YouTube videos have been deleted for very stupid reasons because of this update.
  7. It has undoubtedly caused many 2005-2019 YouTubers to be terminated unfairly.
  8. If a video or an entire channel is set as "Made For Kids", the following features will be disabled:
    • Personalized ads
    • Notification bell
    • Comments section
    • Community Tab (If a channel that's made for kids have 1K subscribers or more)
    • Stories tab
    • Saving videos into playlists and watch later
    • The Live chat
    • Monetization features
    • Miniplayer
    • Channel Memberships
    • Appearing in search results
  9. There is no way to re-enable those features, even if the only people who use your account or device is at least 13.
  10. The policy, in a nutshell, is essentially yet another censorship method punishing the entire YouTube community for the incompetence of parents not monitoring their children, but even worse.
  11. The policy was originally going to stop itself from destroying the site, but YouTube did absolutely nothing about stopping the policy.
  12. Even if you set your channel as "not made for kids", you will still end up getting Community Guidelines strikes due to kids using adult accounts.
    • Most of your videos can also get removed for the reason "Child Safety" despite your channel being set as "not made for kids"
  13. On the mobile version of YouTube, you'll be constantly reminded when you use the miniplayer on videos set as "Made For Kids" that it is disabled, even when used more than once. The thing that makes it worse though, is that you have to use the miniplayer to close the video.
    • To add insult to injury, if you slide down on mobile, and the message saying that the miniplayer is disabled appears, the "learn more" link will be positioned where the close button was supposed to be. Therefore, it is easy to unintentionally click "learn more" instead of the close button.
    • It is unknown as to what data YouTube needs to collect for the miniplayer to work, however, they could have disabled collecting data on videos made for kids instead of completely disabling the minplayer.
  14. Kids using adult accounts, or even kids with their own account (which bypasses YouTube's account guidelines) can have access to the data using features of YouTube, meaning that YouTube is still technically violating COPPA policies.
  15. If you had a comment that was really popular in a video that was auto claimed by YouTube, you cannot see it now due to the video being set at "made for kids".
  16. Sometimes, the YouTube Bots will set a video as "Made for Kids (set by YouTube)", although once again, they are incredibly unintelligent as there are a lot of adult videos being set as this, even if they don’t contain kids content. They also ignore swear words, too, so this is pretty much why using bots to detect a video is a bad idea, it would have been better if the bot checks if it's not blocked by the restricted mode feature before marking it, since it's common for videos to be viewable on YouTube Kids that are blocked on Restricted mode on regular YouTube. Its even possible for an age-restricted video to get set as "made for kids", though its extremely rare.
  17. If there is a video that features a minor in any sort of way (or even a person who resembles a minor), the comments on the video will automatically be turned off. Even if the minor is 13-17.
  18. It causes many 2005-2019 non-terminated YouTubers move to other websites.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Disabling comments can prevent people from sending kids nasty messages in the comments.
  2. Speaking of RQ#1, it can also prevent kids from learning profanity.
  3. They also the policy will be prevents bots comment, which kinda embarrasing.
  4. This policy really good for viewers that prevents some people upload like Elsagate that traumatized children.

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Comments


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Anonymy

3 months ago
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Now that I think about it, COPPA isn't even that bad.
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Sarah davis

13 days ago
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I kinda agree here, just because a video is marked for kids/had comments disabled, doesnt mean you cant watch it! You can just watch the video like it isnt marked for kids

P.S. some people overreact over getting their comments disabled, which is a very little thing, luckily i dont do that anymore (yes i used to do that for some reason)
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DmitriLeon2000

3 months ago
Score 2
We already have age restrictions, so what's the point of adding "for kids"/"not for kids" toggle?
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Atomicstar

3 months ago
Score 1
As already mentioned, it is because it is illegal for websites to knowingly collect data from users that are under 13. It is not to prevent children from seeing inappropriate content.
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Realsonicm52

one month ago
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But youtube is 13+ and thats why we have youtube kids
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Master Chief

one month ago
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It's mostly for kids who use YouTube signed out I guess? I still don't understand why they couldn't just turn off data collection stuff when you're signed out though and still have all the regular features on if you are signed in, since you need to be 13 to sign in.
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King Ostrich

3 months ago
Score 1
hopefully they wont mark SOUTH PARK as made for kids
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ACoolBlaze5

3 months ago
Score 3
They already have a few times.
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PlantyB0i

3 months ago
Score 3
I remember COPPA marking Panty and Stocking for kids when the anime is meant for adults. They even marked Big Mouth as well. I got this from another user. Hell, they even marked Hotel Mario which of course sounds strange but at least Hotel Mario is kid friendly. "you know what they say, all toasters toast toast"
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SuperStreetKombat

3 months ago
Score 2
Because of this coppa crap, 90% of the "SpongeBob SquarePants" videos have comments disabled on YouTube.
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AwesomePlushProductionsYT

3 months ago
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Ima add one redeeming quality saying it can keep people from sending nasty messages to kids
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AwesomePlushProductionsYT

3 months ago
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I still think it is super trash tho
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Puar2000

3 months ago
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At least thank goodness I don't make videos in my account. I only have an account to like and comment.
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SpongeBoi1999

3 months ago
Score 3
COPPA, more like CRAPPA.
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JAndTheBigTV

one month ago
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LOL. Good one.
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DmitriLeon2000

2 months ago
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This is truly the result of Matt "MattsWhatItIs/Totally Uncreative" Watson's flimsy #YouTubeWakeUp campaign.
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Eric Cartman 2001

2 months ago
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A few days ago YouTube labelled MeatCanyon's "Secret Formula" for kids.
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USDM420X

one month ago
Score -3
COPPA is always mean-spirited, also worse than Adolf Hitler.
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Trashanimal

one month ago
Score 1
How is an internet policy worse than a man who murdered 17 million people?
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DarkMatterMan4500

one month ago
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'Scuse me, what the fuck?
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Gaemer

22 days ago
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good one darkmatterman
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Sarah davis

13 days ago
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“…aLsO wOrSe ThAn AdOlF hItLeR”

--you, 2021


(sry if mocking is bad on this wiki, if it is, pls delete this reply i made)
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JAndTheBigTV

one month ago
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COPPA is the reason I am moving to Bitchute and Rumble. I'll also be heading to Vlare.tv when that website opens back up.
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DarkMatterMan4500

one month ago
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COPPA in my opinion isn't that bad. There was a reason behind the implementation of that policy on YouTube.
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Glitchedblood

one month ago
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CRAPPA
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Master Chief

one month ago
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In my opinion, this feature is kinda pointless, like, I get not having ads enabled on videos meant for kids since it uses data collecting and maybe comments too, but what's wrong with saving a video meant for kids in a playlist? Or watching them in mini-player and searching for them? And they ALREADY HAD A RESTRICTED MODE THAT BLOCKED MATURE VIDEOS AND DISABLED COMMENTS, so why couldn't they just have that on if you're not signed-in? And why couldn't they have these features re-enabled if you are signed in instead of making there no way to look at comments anymore? Don't they realize that maybe not everyone who wants to watch those videos are kids! This is also really bad for parody videos, because there are some parodies of kids shows with bad words in them that get marked for kids, so they will show up on YouTube kids and bam, all the progress they tried to make with this update is gone down the drain and kids can still find mature videos on the main YouTube website.
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Eric Cartman 2001

10 days ago
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Fuck you Susan. 🖕🏿🖕🏿🖕🏿 Even your children admit that you're a terrible CEO.
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ThisUsernameIsGeneric

10 days ago
Score 1
I agree. Ever since Susan Wojcicki became CEO in early 2014, she has caused nothing but chaos and has caused YouTube to get drastically worse in quality.
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Pangolin

10 days ago
Score 1
COPPA can suck my balls!
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USDM420X

3 days ago
Score 0
End COPPA right now!

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