In this video, Philip DeFranco says that youtube is changing its terms of service to combat harassment and cyberbullying. This is from the youtube policy center:

    Harassment and cyberbullying

    We want you to use YouTube without fear of being subjected to malicious harassment. In cases where harassment crosses the line into a malicious attack it can be reported and will be removed. 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

    Incitement to harass other users or creators

DeFranco says that the policies are very vague and that a lot of channels could be affected by these changes. He names some of the channels that have made negative comments about other users. He says that some people feel that free speech* would be affected. Others are welcoming the change.

Will this change youtube? For the better or worse?

* in a colloquial sense. youtube is not a government entity.


The only new addition is the last one: "Incitement to harass other users or creators"

The rest has been the same for about a year. Not sure why this is blowing up all of a sudden.

posted by jadedog: 1159 days ago