YouTube 2020 Policy update there are some major changes waiting for you in the next year. Don’t forget to give it a thorough read.

YouTuber? Are you using your YouTube channel as a source of income? That is wonderful. But have you heard about the new YouTube policy for 2020? We aren’t sure if you read the privacy policy and the terms of services of the online platforms, but these services are important and can actually be the cause of some severe issues for your channel.

We know that reading the privacy policy is something too boring, but if you want to continue your earning through the platform, it is essential that you this boring job as soon as you are free. One of the things that we can do to help you is to highlight the important points of YouTube policy 2020 so that you aren’t completely unaware of these points.

Reasons for a new YouTube Policy 2020:

The introduction of the new YouTube policy 2020 has been primarily because of some of the gaps in the previous policy and the way these flaws were being exploited by some people. Additionally, in some situations, such efforts from a certain group of people were also problematic for the general audience of the forum.

Recently, YouTube was fined $170 million by FTC (Federal Trade Commission) for collecting data about the minors and then using that data for targeting ads towards them.

Major highlights from YouTube 2020 Policy:

Firstly, let us make it clear that the majority of the changes in the privacy policy of the forum are going to impact YouTube Kids. Now, here are some of the major aspects that the administration of the forum has changed:

YouTube won’t be able to collect data:

Under the new privacy policy, YouTube won’t be collecting data of the viewers under the age of 12. The law protects the kids with the privacy policy, and now the abidance of this law would be made possible.

Obviously, the law existed even before the fine, but sometimes reinforcement is necessary to keep things on the right track. This is what we can say about the fine levied by FTC and the consequent changes in the privacy policy of the platform.

Now the curators would have to label their videos specifically for kids:

Although the YouTube kids channel was intended for this purpose, a lot of curators started creating inappropriate content for the kids. And this was actually leading to resentment in the users. So, under the new YouTube policy 2020, if you are curator, then you’ll have to label the content created especially for kids as “kid’s content.” That is fine. But what is the problem?

Kid’s videos won’t be allowed to show any sort of targeted ads. This actually means the loss of thousands of dollars from your revenue. But we guess we should be standing with the ethically right decision and not with the financial one. At the end of the day, it is going to impact all our kids, so we should be concerned about what we support and what we discourage.

According to the YouTube Policy: “We will stop serving personalized ads on content that is made for kids, whether designated by you or by our classifier.”

No comments:

The content that would be specifically directed at kids won’t have the comments feature any longer available. The comments can be fully controlled neither by the platform nor by the content creator. But they can create a negative impact on the kids. In order to ensure positivity and proper grooming for the kids, the new YouTube policy update 2020 bans comments as part of the video.

Likes/ Dislikes won’t be shown publicly:

Another restriction that is going to be imposed on the content created, especially for kids, is that the likes and dislikes of a particular video won’t be shown publicly. So, one of the triggers that would have made the audience to click on the videos has been reduced.

Similarly, the number of subscribers won’t be part of the information that is displayed publicly. Again, one of the drawbacks for the content creators who create videos specifically for the kids below 12 years of age.

All the kid content watched would be treated as the kid’s audience:

One of the other things that this latest policy update brings is that anyone watching the content labeled as kid content would be treated as the kid watching the video. So, the content creators should not consider this viewership coming from the adult audience like the way to get targeted ads.

You can’t miss categorizing the content:

Under the new policy, it is essential that you should categorize all the content you create. So, you can’t just forgo this categorization process. And this will help the administration of YouTube to use the content for content targeted or use targeted ads.

Machine learning would be enabled:

In order to ensure that the creators aren’t using the wrong categorization, machine learning would also be employed by the administration. It would help the platform in identifying the content that is actually for kids and the one that is for kids but categorized as the general content.

Preparation for these changes:

Most of the content creators are actually facing problems as a result of this policy update 2020 of YouTube. Some of the content creators had dedicated their entire companies for kid’s content, so for them, this news has actually brought a lot of issues.

Some of these content creators have actually started to adjust their content from kids specific to the content for teenagers. A few of them have decided to change the word toys to miniature in the videos, and adjust it a bit so that it would no longer remain the kids content. Content Creator for MyFroggyStuff has shared with her audience, “We will be adding more lifestyle stuff,” Toya told her fans during a live stream. “We’re going to be vlogging a little bit more, we’re going to be talking about hair … so yeah, vlogging and everything is on the table.”

Another point emphasized here is to read the privacy policy:

YouTube Help emphasizes this point by highlighting “Understand our Terms of Service and your responsibilities as a general YouTube user.” they require the parents to read the terms of use and ensure that if they want their kids to use YouTube independently, they must use YouTube Kids.

Ambiguities in the privacy policy:

There are certain ambiguities in this privacy policy, and most of the things that you can see circulated on the internet are based on the interpretation of these policies. You’ll have to keep in mind that the interpretation and actual implementation of policies could be different.

The actual implementation strategy of YouTube about this policy change is going to become clearer once the policy would be enforced and fully applicable. Initially, implementing the strategy fully for YouTube would be a challenge, and it might take the machine-learning algorithm of the forum to adjust to the kids and non-kids videos too.

Effective Date:

This policy is going to be effective from January 2020. The content creators of YouTube have already started to modify their content so that their channels would pass the monitoring radars of the forum. However, it is too soon to say if changing a few things of the content would actually help in changing the categorization and target market.


We are sure that after reading this article, you’ll now be aware of the changes in the YouTube Policy for 2020. It is better to go and read the full terms of services and privacy policy as it is going to help you in understanding the situation in a better way.

If you have, any other questions about these policy changes, you can post them in the comments section below, and we’ll try to get back to you on ASAP basis. In case, you are looking for increasing your subscribers for the YouTube or the process of monetization of YouTube channel; then you can visit “YouTube growth – how to get more subscribers on YouTube and grow your channel” and “How to start a YouTube channel (Complete Guide 2019)”.