FACTS vs. Fiction: FTC & COPPA vs. LEGO & toy YouTubers


the analogy that I think of is the
expression about shooting fish in a barrel YouTube is the barrel and the
content creators are the fish this is serious right now this week a lot of
people are talking about YouTube the FTC and a thing called Coppa or Coppa I’ve
been watching I’ve been reading I’ve been listening and the vast majority of
what I’ve seen and heard spoken about this subject that’s affecting youtubers
and ultimately YouTube viewers as well right now has been completely wrong
dangerously incorrect and this pains me to my core because the penalty for
getting this wrong either through simple misunderstanding and ignorance or apathy
just not caring or stubbornness just thinking that it’s not going to affect
you or you’re better than the circumstances that are going on right
now the penalty for getting this wrong can be life-altering ly devastating
there will be consequences for content creators we have a variety of tools at
our disposal to cull through those 23 million channels and in an expeditious
way so when we talk about aggressiveness we are typically talking about civil
penalties not only can we sue Google and YouTube for compliance with Coppa but
also individual channel owners and content creators this is not something
that is like the previous issues of demonetization or limited monetization you
know people losing some ad revenue the whole copyright strike issues that keep
coming around people having some videos taken down that shouldn’t be this makes
all of those look like nothing in comparison this literally can do
thousands of times more direct damage to real people actual individuals than any
of those things and possibly all of them combined this is a major major issue
that people need to understand from a factual perspective
not based on what we want to think not based on what we feel this is very cut
and dry it’s about laws it’s about legal
interpretation it’s about things that are written it’s thing it’s about things
that are done that are set in stone as of now so in this video I’m going to do
my best to just talk about the facts of this current situation based upon
information from the sources so let me let me define the situation carefully
what’s actually happening what we’re dealing with here we’re talking about
YouTube we’re talking about the FTC which is the United States Federal Trade
Commission and we’re talking about Coppa or Coppa its Copp a The Children’s
Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 it’s a law that was ratified in 1998
went into effect in the year 2000 it’s not something new so why are we talking
about it now in 2019 almost 20 years after it went into effect
that’s because YouTube was found to have been violating that federal law in a
flagrant way the FTC the Federal Trade Commission in the United States caught
them red-handed and has come to an agreement with them they’re lawyers
working together have come to an agreement to punish YouTube and to deal
with the problem what is exactly the problem it’s actually much simpler than
a lot of what you’ve heard about it boils down to this when you sign up for
an account on YouTube you sign up for nowadays it’s a Google account one time
YouTube was was separate there’s a rule that is set by the site or by the app by
the service YouTube now Google saying that if you are under the age of 13 you
may not sign up and there’s one reason for that and that reason is Coppa
the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 that law was put into effect
to protect children from companies like Google doing what companies like Google
do collecting data huge amounts creepy amounts of very very personal
identifiable behavioral information that is almost on a level of magic where we
normal people have trouble understanding how a computer is able to glean so much
information about our lives just through our browsing and app usage activities
the Coppa law is designed in part to prevent that sort of activity from
occurring to kids defined as persons under the age of 13 now if you think
that this doesn’t apply to you if you live outside of the United States you
are incorrect because YouTube is based in the United States Google is based in
the United States and it publishes information it publishes content from
creators regardless where the creators are base it publishes that information
and that content in the US therefore this applies to everyone across all of
YouTube so when you’re signing up for a youtube account you’re not allowed to be
under the age of 13 that makes Google supposedly free and clear from having to
deal with the Koppel law couple law only applies for accounts and users that are
under the age of 13 Google says we don’t allow anybody under the age of 13 so we
don’t need to worry about that we can collect all the data that we want we can
put together gigabytes of information about people’s families where they live
places they visit all these things and we’re safe from the laws of course we
all know that millions of kids have accounts on YouTube and use them every
single day thousands if not millions of kids even have YouTube channels and
published their own content how do they do that well it’s very simple in most
cases the kids simply lied about their age in some cases not
many parents just create accounts and then allow their kids to use them if you
two didn’t know that was going on if YouTube or Google didn’t know that kids
were using their service with logged in accounts there would be no problem they
would not be liable for the mistakes because it was ultimately the users who
were lying however YouTube absolutely new Google absolutely new and that has
been proven without or beyond a shadow of a doubt without any question
whatsoever they were accidentally quite brazen about it actually in ultimately
marketing the ability to reach kids young kids for advertising they sold
advertising at premium rates to companies that wanted to advertise
specifically products and services to young kids so YouTube’s messed up and
they were caught this situation is not about all of these channels out there
that were made by parents to exploit their kids for money based on the fact
the demonstrated fact that a video that has a small child in it will get more
views and make more money than one that does not this has nothing to do with
parents that have been caught abusing their kids for those purposes you know
physically abusing them subjecting them to mental psychological trauma and other
such this is not about any of that this is not about kids doing sponsored videos
you know Ryan’s worlds formerly known as Ryan’s Tory review that channel they’ve
got a complaint against them this has nothing to do with that whatsoever this
has nothing to do with kids being able to watch kid inappropriate content on
YouTube this is not about saving kids from seeing things that they probably
ought not see this is completely unrelated to that has nothing to do with
that this is not even about child predators operating on YouTube has has
been made very very prominent in media even this this most
recent year this is not about that this is about a very straightforward
technicality about privacy about YouTube collecting data about kids knowing that
they’re collecting data about kids and then selling storing and selling that
information for a profit that’s all this is about what Coppa does is it prohibits
the collection of personally identifiable information from children
under the age of 12 and under without verifiable parental consent it’s
not about the Elsa spider-man costume stuff where kids were being baited into
watching content that appeared to be designed for them but was actually not
at all kid appropriate this is not about any of that
so why specifically are we talking about this today in November of 2019 the
settlement was officially announced to the public in September September of
2019 and at that time a lot of people talked about a lot of people were
concerned about it but there wasn’t good clarity about the specifics of what was
going to happen the FTC gave out their information
naturally YouTube creators and YouTube viewers and fans were looking more to
YouTube itself to provide guidance and to explain exactly how this is going to
affect us the first phase of the revelation of that new information of
that increased clarity occurred on November 12th just this week when
YouTube turned on essentially the ability and now the requirement for
individual YouTube creators we will make videos like myself to do to deem our own
content to self report our content as either for kids or not for kids one or
the other we can do it on a full channel basis we can do it on a per video basis
in addition YouTube also publicized finally their
first pass of using their own AI their own algorithms to try to figure out what
content is already out there that should be marked as for kids every single video
on YouTube was either marked by YouTube as for kids or not but here’s the thing
what YouTube did what they marked what they didn’t mark means nothing so many
creators are going through their lists of videos and trying to figure out what
does this mean that this one video was marked as four kids but this video over
here was not marked as four kids ah this video of his that was marked as for kids
is probably mislabeled I should just fixed that for them and there’s a lot of
dangerous stuff going on right now there are a lot of people making a lot of
tremendous mistakes because under the terms of the settlement between YouTube
and the FTC YouTube has gotten itself to be no longer liable for these violations
content creators are strictly liable for copper compliance or unable to confirm
whether or not your content is made for kids it’s on us creators people who
actually make the videos it is 100% on us any Content that is potentially
directed towards children or that could attract kids to to watch it must be
marked as such and then YouTube will automatically turn off all that creepy
data collection that they do for those videos they will also stop serving what
are called personalized or targeted ads on those videos that reduces the amount
of money that comes in to creators but it’s it’s associated with the cutoff of
the creepy information that is typically used to target very specific ads to
individuals rather than two types of content also for all of these videos
that are marked as for kids whether YouTube does it or creators do it
themselves comments get turned off and for
now end screens also get turned off and some other functionality the ability to
like for instance gets turned off now not all the things that they’re turning
off are specifically to comply with this settlement but certainly the advertising
part is and the overall marking of the content is strictly related to this
settlement so I already mentioned that whether YouTube flags a video as for
kids or not does not matter let me explain that a little bit more because
it’s one of the most important things here that is definitely the most
misunderstood is the least understood and this is going to cause the most
headache and problems and major major pain for a lot of people who ignore this
or who get it who get it wrong YouTube has told us explicitly in no
uncertain terms that they cannot legally and will not tell us what videos are
compliant even though they’ve gone through and tagged all of these they
cannot and will not legally tell us what videos are compliant what videos are kid
targeted and what videos are not I’m gonna have to say that one more time
because still people are not going to get it and I encourage you to go to the
sources go to YouTube see what they have said about this themselves go to the FTC
website they’ve done abstracts they’ve got videos about it explaining things in
plain English and they’re actually pretty clear about it for the most part
both YouTube and the FTC it doesn’t matter what YouTube thinks about your
video like all automated systems it’s not perfect we thought that an algorithm
wasn’t a great idea now the rhythm just might not be effective YouTube is
undertaking that voluntarily if you don’t say your content appropriately
this may result in compliance issues for you under Coppa and other laws
ultimately we can’t provide legal advice be sure to consult a lawyer if you have
questions talk to a lawyer if you’re still unsure
whether or not your content should be marked as made for kids they are out of
the picture now they just have to have the ability for this settlement for
creators to self-report and they have to turn off the personalized ads and the
data collection ultimately it’s up to creators to set those flags correctly no
matter what YouTube does YouTube says you have nothing to worry about they go
through or at least that’s what you think they say and they go through all
of your content and none of your your videos get marked as for kids but the
FTC disagrees because you’re covering Lego or transformers action figures
diecast collectibles statuettes games cartoons even if the content itself you
think is not directed towards kids that doesn’t matter it’s more about the in
the original intent of what can be seen and heard in that video and I guarantee
it’s going to be more about the visual impact
you can review $100 $200 $300 action figures and statuettes if it looks from
20 feet away to somebody who knows nothing about the subject like a toy you
should mark it as being for kids because if you don’t some FTC compliance intern
who’s given a quota of 10,000 pieces of content or videos to look at per week or
some FTC algorithm that goes through looking at general aspects of images in
in videos on an automated basis will not be able to distinguish your intent will
not be able to distinguish between a black series Hasbro Star Wars figure
that’s made more for teens and adulterers and just a basic level one
that’s made for kids for enough there is no distinction per the per the law or
the written word of the settlement between
these two things and it doesn’t matter whether I as a YouTube creator as a
Video Creator think otherwise it doesn’t matter if our viewers are predominantly
older it doesn’t matter if we have no kids watching the content at all where
that content is directed to children we are presuming that the users are 12 and
unders all that matters is the content and ultimately what is being shown on
the screen and what it’s intended to be about what it looks like it’s intended
to be about it doesn’t matter if you want kids to watch your content or not
it doesn’t matter if you think kids watch your content or not doesn’t matter
if kids actually watch your content or not it doesn’t matter if you use kid
targeted vocabulary or not if you use small simple words if you talk like
you’re talking to a kid or if you talk in very highfalutin
terminology and you are specifically targeting adults in your narrative track
that does not matter here and if you think that it does you are at risk of
having your life ruined I’ll get more into the specifics of how your life can
be be ruined but app it doesn’t matter these specific themes that you that you
cover so within Lego it doesn’t matter if I’m reviewing a Junior’s set or a
stranger thing set stranger things is not for kids 13 and under Lego is the
Lego of strange things set is a toy it’s made of LEGO pieces it has LEGO
Minifigures in it it has a little toy truck in it as far as this law is
concerned as far as this settlement is concerned as far as far as future FTC
compliance officer actions are concerned it is for kids and if you don’t mark it
as such you will be in violation it’s not 100% guaranteed that you will be
caught but if you do get caught the penalties are extremely severe it has
been explicitly stated that your videos can be removed permanently
from YouTube your channel can be removed permanently if you miss label too many
videos the worst thing that can happen though has been stated very very clearly
you can be fined over $42,000 US per video in violation directly to you as a
creator as a youtuber per video if you have 1000 videos on your channel and you
mark all of them as not for kids but they’re actually showing Lego things
maybe it’s Lego spawn maybe it’s Lego attack on Titan maybe it’s Lego stranger
things any of these things that you think are are not specifically for kids
if you’re talking to adults if your main audience is teens and adults you can be
fined forty two million dollars us for getting
it wrong that’s what’s at risk and there’s no way out of it there’s no
appeal to that other than to try to take it to court most people who say who are
saying right now oh well if they try to come after me I’ll just take them to
court don’t know what the heck they’re talking about if you’ve never been
involved it directly in legal action you don’t know just how expensive and how
serious legal action is it is not child’s play it is not something to mess
around with it is a very very serious risk if you want to take on the US
government in interpretation of a law that they have stated fairly clearly you
had better be ready to have the fight of your life and you had better be rich to
be able to hire very good lawyers for a very long time it’s that serious doesn’t
matter if you’re looking at vintage toys it doesn’t matter if you’re looking at
expensive toys it doesn’t matter if you’re looking at collector targeted
toys this also applies to applies to Lego
applies to other toys applies to cartoons cartoon like content even if
there’s cursing in it even if it doesn’t look like it’s made or if you even if
you don’t think it’s made for kids if it looks to an outsider who doesn’t know
any better like something that’s made for kids and you don’t mark it as for
kids you are most likely in violation so most of what I’ve been saying has been
targeted at actual youtubers and talking about the actual impact on youtubers
here’s how it affects just regular viewers who don’t even publish videos
all of the content that you like that you enjoy the good content the good
solid wholesome innocent content that’s out there that you like can disappear if
the creators of that content get this wrong if they set these little flags and
in the back end on their YouTube creator studio incorrectly whether it’s due to
misunderstanding the the current situation whether it’s due to not really
caring just letting YouTube go ahead and flag whatever whatever I’ll just let
what happens happens I’m just enjoying making content I’m gonna do it no matter
what or whether they’re being stubborn and you know rebellious and trying to
say no no I I don’t believe that this should be marked as for kids even if the
wording of the FTC settlement states that it that it should be now there are
some gray areas a lot of people are having trouble understanding what
exactly is intended to be for kids and you really if you if you want to know
more about that if you want to understand it a little bit better you
should really read every single word of at least the abstracts the plain English
stuff that YouTube itself has published about this they have most recently this
week the week of November 12th I don’t know if it was exactly on November 2
day before a day after they put out a video that I thought was actually very
good and actually very well produced explaining just an overview of what this
what this means and what YouTube’s own stance is on all of this explaining how
it’s not up to YouTube and it doesn’t matter what YouTube Flags
those are just suggestions that that’s just guidance but it’s ultimately up to
us in the wording of the the settlement and even in the abstracts you have to
read the full-length version the abstracts are actually very good there
as far as I can see there they’re done really to distill down a lot of legalese
to language that people can understand fully and and completely they explain
what is clear-cut and they explain where there are ranges it is up to us to
determine the ranges but we need to be mature we need to be realistic in
determining where we fit in the in the gray ranges on a video by video basis I
don’t think it’s that hard as long as you’re not being hard-headed about it if
you’re being stubborn about it if you want to take a stance against this it
can ultimately hurt and I can’t give legal advice myself I’m not a lawyer you
will need a lawyer though if you get it wrong and a lot of people are actually
consulting lawyers already a lot of people with actual legal knowledge or
studied on on this matter are starting to chime in about it as well and most of
the guidance that’s out there is saying don’t be stubborn
don’t try to be rebellious against this you will be ruined completely so that’s
about all that I have to say about this for right now how does this affect me as
I said when the settlement first came out I don’t think it’s going to affect
me too much I am prepare have been preparing since September to alter some
of my content a bit to allow to ensure that more of my car
can be legally marked as not for kids but the vast majority of the content
that I have made to date should be marked as for kids and will be marked as
for kids regardless of the theme of the lego stuff it’s all toys should be
marked as for kids because toys are made for kids Star Wars stuff the Marvel
stuff the DC stuff the stranger things set my city all that stuff should be
marked as for kids it’s very very clear from everything that I’ve written that
everything that I’ve seen that that should be marked as for kids even though
YouTube in its first day I pass YouTube’s AIS and algorithms being
notoriously unreliable notoriously unreliable I can’t understand for a
moment why people why anyone now is actually trusting and believing every
single specific action on a video by video basis of YouTube’s algorithms now
after all of these years of the YouTube algorithms being wrong and doing things
wrong consistently well actually not consistently inconsistently which is
which is the only consistency about it that they’re consistently in consistent
and very frequently wrong about it yeah I I’m going to comply to the best of my
ability with the the letter of the law and what the intent
I am personally in favor so this is getting into a little bit of subjective
stuff right now I just want to be very clear about that I’m not talking about
specifically facts right now clearly I’m talking about my own perspective about
my own my own content here so take it you know with a whether grain with a
grain of salt I personally am NOT going to be changing too much of of what I am
what I am doing just yet I’m I’ve been preparing for a while to pivot
some things but for the most part it’s mostly going to be business as usual for
me but you are going to see on my channel a lot of videos come January 1st
when this settlement goes into full legal effect you’re going to see a lot
of videos losing comments and you’re going to
not be seeing notifications when I put up videos for toys that are made for
kids but this channel right here is going to continue on I’m going to
continue to do my pure builds I’m going to continue to do my speed builds enjoy
doing that content I can still run ads on that content this doesn’t cut off all
of my revenue I’m going to be looking very carefully at how much revenue gets
cut off and how much I need to change what I do but for the most part as I
said when the settlement was announced in September I personally I’m not
freaking out about this but I am taking it very very seriously and I am going to
do my best to comply from day one with what I am supposed to do what I now have
as a responsibility as a creator per YouTube having done wrong
good Google having done wrong and negotiating a settlement that puts all
the liability onto me and people like me please look for the facts don’t fall
victim to emotional emotional tangents don’t try to connect what’s going on
right now to things that are unrelated this is very specific find out the
information for yourself if you have any questions look on YouTube’s own site for
official information from YouTube look at official information from the FTC
educate yourself based on information from the sources don’t even rely on what
I just said anything that I just said as the word because none of it is the word
the word comes from the FTC has been passed on by YouTube as well I’m gonna
cut myself off right now thank you for watching and I will I will talk to you
again soon because I’m gonna keep going you

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100 thoughts on “FACTS vs. Fiction: FTC & COPPA vs. LEGO & toy YouTubers

  1. Responses to Frequently Asked Questions:

    1) It does not matter if your channel is monetized or not.  All videos must be flagged correctly, no matter what.
    2) This is not COPPA's fault or the government's fault. Google broke the law flagrantly and the settlement agreement (separate from & superseding law) that Google & the FTC brokered together is what we are now legally bound to abide by, and that agreement, not COPPA, passes the liability & risk on to us.
    3) The FTC is currently taking public comments to help influence the future of COPPA. I recommend looking into this and participating: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FTC-2019-0054-0001 However, note that COPPA and the FTC vs. Google settlement agreement are legally distinct, though related, and updates to COPPA law will not reverse the settlement agreement and will not rescind the current YouTube actions. They can in theory, at best, pave the way for a future amendment to the definition of "for kids" content as applies to YouTubers under this agreement.

    Don't fall victim to assumption or misinformation and direct your ire in completely the inappropriate direction. Please watch & listen to the video or learn about the facts from the source.
    FTC & YouTube official links are in the video description.

    Note the commenting policy mentioned & linked with detail in my video description. Moderators and myself allow & encourage differences of opinion, but cursing, personal attacks, encouragement of criminal activity, etc., are forbidden, per my rules, on my videos.

  2. No one should be ever sued for any amount of money, let alone $40.000, for making a decent video and then not pressing a damned button that's only lawyers know should be pressed or not. That's literally abuse by the government. Take a taste of that, will you?

  3. It's pretty simple, if you can justify that your content is for adults even Lego they can't get you. You will get a warning from youtube first and you just need to make sure in your descriptions and on video that you mention it's directed to adults. COPPA is a small agency and they won't have the resources to battle everyone. As for outside the USA and fines lol good luck with that, it will be impossible. Worst thing that can happen is that your channel gets deleted and lets be honest this is youtube or as I call it screwtube just collecting data which is the issue. The responsibility is still on them, boom that's the honest truth.

  4. What is you mark and put all your videos as PRIVATE for now, then wait, till the smoke blows over so to speak and clear and cut rules are out there?

  5. I’m confused about how marking a video “for kids” helps anything. If it’s a review about a cartoon like Hazbin Hotel for example, which is clearly targeted at adults, and it is deemed as ‘for kids’ by the FTC… what good does this do??? They are the ones sending kids to videos that are not made for children now.
    Or is it that we should mark videos that are about mature cartoons“for kids” because the FTC won’t realize it’s not kids content? But if that’s the case what if they do find out that it isn’t for kids? Will you get fined anyway? It seems like you’re screwed no matter how you mark a video unless it really is kids content

  6. How does this apply to unlisted, and private content? Since I can’t tell if my videos are kids or not, and I only use them as an archive, I have simply made them private, and I want to make sure that they’re safe, at least for now.

  7. I mean the second this goes into effect youtube just instantly dies. Most small youtubers will either fall into the "not aware / do not care" category or will not want to risk their life on this and just leave the platform. Most big youtubers will not want to risk their business over rules so unclear and will find another place to do their stuff.

    Youtube effectively sold their whole social network for the sake of advertisement. This will kill content creators because the risk is so high, this will kill originality because of uncertainty, this will kill communities because of removal of comments, this will kill pretty much everything that keeps their platform going.

    All of that so they can keep spying on people's lives and sell ads that will not reach anyone after they all left.

  8. So now uploading a video and making ad revenue off of it can mean you are guilty of storing data of kids under 13. The FTC needs to stop and think for a minute how these two things just might not be related.

  9. I watched one of these videos about COPPA and now comes up on my recommendation list and I hate it!!! I don’t care!! It’s like the real world people get laid off and fired all the time! Go to another platform!! Uuugghhhh!!!

  10. Okay, but the way to fix this issue shouldn't be to punish creators who make content with toys and make animations or both. The way to fix this should be to make sure that accounts controlled by children should have limited access. Instead of punishing creators for marking a video as not for kids that they think is for kids, they should make videos marked as not for kids unwatchable to children. Because the fact of the matter is, labeling basically all videos that include animation, toys, or songs that might appeal to kids as "for kids" is just wrong. I make MCX Stop Motion animations, but I don't make them for kids. I make them for myself, and then upload them so others can enjoy them. I don't really have an intended audience. If I had to choose one, I'd say it would be my own age group since that's who I'm making it for; myself, but apparently because it uses animation and toys, it has to be "made for kids". That just isn't right.

  11. The coppa law made in 1998 was about not collecting kids personal info like their name , address , etc etc , it had nothing to do with their viewing habits on a streaming site. Collecting viewing habits for all viewers is good thing since appropriate ads can be given .

  12. OK, so because YouTube illegally marketed to kids, you could get fined $42,000 for incorrectly labeling a video that they aren't allow to tell you how to label. The problem is YouTube's data collection. Everything that was wrong was on their end and that does not in any way make it the content creators responsibility or fault. They don't control YouTube or the algorithm and therefore can't be the ones to fix the problem. They aren't the ones buying or selling information, they aren't even the ones collecting it. This "solution" is crap.

  13. This is the first I have seen of your channel. I appreciate you breaking this situation down for me. I have a ton of R/C plane videos from several years ago that I guess i'll be pulling because they are 'toys', as well as some old gameplay videos. This whole situation reminds me of how the FCC cracked down on our R/C Airplane and helicopter hobby in the last couple years. They lobbed them in the same category as drones with little to no regard of what the community thinks. Keep in mind 90% of R/C airplanes and helicopters are flown by line-of-sight and not a FPV (first person view) camera and display setup which is what should segregate this from the category of 'Drone'. Recently this year, they implemented a 300ft restriction on the height your model can fly without regards to the size of it. (30" wingspan, 50" wingspan, 200" wingspan, it doesn't matter) This applies even to sanctioned flying fields we fly at and I feel this isn't the end.

    Back to the situation at hand. This is looking grim for everyone involved but the FTC and Google. Hopefully a new platform comparable to Youtube that rectifies the issues Google had with their ad targeting will emerge from the embers of this soon to burn out website. I'm kind of not understanding why youtube just didn't have an entirely different video hosting platform just for the young ones all along.

    With all the craziness going on in the past few years, it feels like the government is really trying to encroach on us.

  14. Here’s what I don’t get… how is Abe Lincoln on my screen explaining this? Is this one of those deep fakes? Haha love you Jang

  15. Long story short YouTube got caught.
    now it's throwing the content creators under the bus. The kid bus!
    I don't think this is fair. I get it. But I don't think it's fair for the creators. We're not the ones collecting data. It's not like I'm collecting data on a child. No matter what it's still YouTube thats collecting the data. I don't get anything out of it. Besides income

  16. Why collection data from children is illegal and from adults is legal? However, this is a first step towards internet censorship.

  17. Hey Jang, thanks for making this video. I'll be referring to this, you gave out a lot of good information.

  18. It has been over six years since I last watched one of your videos and then I found this when I was researching COPPA. You were a huge part my childhood, the last time I watched your videos you were LegoJang. I am sorry you and all other youtubers are having to go through this.

  19. I'm sure this comment will get lost, but firstly, fantastic, clear, well presented firstly video. Secondly, this is the first time I've ever seen your face, and your face and voice don't match what I had developed in my head. I always saw you as a much older, grey haired gentleman. Nice to put a real face to the voice. But that's just a comment. This video is much more important and appreciated than that.

  20. Great informative video. You explained it very well…. It's just sad now how YouTube as a whole has become almost a minefield for creators.

  21. Am I the only one who blames the kids and adults who signed them up against the 13 and up on youtube? why not just tighten up on that, eventually create a youtube jr platform.

  22. This is the end of YouTube. End of story. Without something being done to make this mess into something more reasonable.

  23. If I private my videos before January 1st, when the FTC begins their sweep and giving out fines, will that be safe for me or is there no hiding my videos from them? Is it better to just delete and leave YouTube to avoid getting potentially fined?

  24. You're wrong. It isn't easy. It won't matter what you do. Open vague laws always end up being interpreted however the prosecution wants to see it.

  25. Is this even constitutional? Could this fall under the impeding of free business and/or plausible suppression of some sort of constitutional right? If the suppression of startup news companies occurs, there may be grounds for unconstitutional suppression of free press. Companies like Subverse and news commentators may even get the brunt of this and be severely impeded.

    Might be a stretch, but this has to break a law SOMEWHERE.

  26. Break youtube and set all videos to "for kids" their data collection and targeted ads will no longer be financially viable.

  27. i have an idea, that just might work. What if Youtube/FTC did not fine anyone and have everything become marked either for kids or not for kids then set a lock on the video so it can not be changed that way people aren't getting hit with a $42,530. Creators can do most of the work by setting either for kids or not for kids, but apparently Youtube/FTC will be checking anyways, so if they go through all of it and set everything to what they believe is the right setting, there is no need to fine anyone. Creators should be given a free pass considering how vague the rules are, and how vast the spectrum of each video that falls into the wide variety of categories is. Sounds more like a cash grab and a way to silence our first Amendment if they don't do some sort of fairness for creators.

  28. This is FUD, Fearmongering, and Clickbait.

    A vast majority of the things you said "do not matter"… in fact matter a great deal. The entire way to fight this is to be able to prove through things like your language, your actual target audience, your previous video viewer demographics, and your whole body of videos, that the video was not intending to target children, even if the FTC thinks it should. They are not the arbiters of what constitutes a video for a child. This is a massive first-amendment issue, and if they try to immediately issue fines without any recourse a due process issue.
    I can't wait for the first time they try to go after one of the obviously older-viewer channels for a Minecraft video or some other video game because some retarded boomer thinks "It's cartoony, it must be for kids". They are going to get sued so damn hard…

  29. If I'm content creator from Ukraine and I show ukrainan miniature killing zombies with knives and gore then can sue me from usa?

  30. Dear Jang, you probably will not see this but I grew up on your channel. Please continue to make the same content. I personally don't have the money but I'm sure if you made a Patreon many would donate.

  31. they should make categorization somewhat like this: -man, -child, -manchild. If youtube have demographic data of their user, doesn't it easier for them to turn off any tracking/profiling on that specific account?

  32. Well now just to be on the safe side maybe creators could make it a point that all their content contain, even if it's only a couple seconds of adult content, or just label all their content for over 18, mature viewers only. Then content creators can take the same position as yt/Google does, plausible deniability. Because it's a (supposed)filter that limits all underage viewers by "proving one is over 18" to view such content. That way the FTC can't say it's directed towards kids in any way shape or form.

  33. You all know as well as I do that the FTC suit was thrown in a trash can many times when he was a kid and this is how he gets back at those who bullied him.

  34. So basically this is a law that revolves around age discrimination based on government interpretation of subjects and items…

  35. So have US creators been told about all this through Youtube because i'm in the UK and if it wasn't for a few of the toy channels i'am subscribed to i wouldn't have even known about this.

  36. I don’t know what to do! I’ve made videos for years and I don’t know if I should delete them or just private them!

  37. When you content creators first got on to Youtube you should have prepared for problems down the line.

    To be honest, this is the risk you take by embarking on a career like this.

  38. What a world we live in where a simple hobbyist with a YouTube channel can have their life utterly destroyed simply because they incorrectly labeled a video… sorry…because a fed incorrectly assumes they incorrectly labeled a video. Meanwhile, the giant corporation who is at fault for the illegal collection of data gets away with everything and anything.

  39. So a 10yr old looks up one of my videos on how to fix a motorcycle (which I am not making for kids), because he/she has an old dirt bike that doesn't run and somehow I am responsible if there is data collection occurring while watching my video? Yea sounds just like the facist states of America is taking over little by little. Dont get me wrong here, I support COPPA and it's a great idea but how YouTube is handling this is ridiculous. It's also things like this which are designed to help protect children is also the federal gobberment trying to interfere with the way people parent their own children.

  40. My account age IS NOT over 21! I DO NOT watch anything related to beer! Yet I still give LOADS of ads about beer so something isn’t right with this whole situation!

  41. Our channel is small but growing fast.
    "Disney" is right there in the name of our channel.
    Obviously we will have to flag ALL of our videos as "For Kids" which means NO MORE Subscriber GROWTH.
    Not comments or interactivity or tracking of views, etc.
    I'm just going to mark all my videos as private and stop uploading until this get taken care of.

  42. This can intimate many mom creators, who have children who may wonder on screen or even just say good-bye, it will may their stay at home mom routines, or clean with me routines deemed as appeals for children if they children appear are under 13. Many moms at home have more child and family related responsibility and can frighten more women wanting to start something for themselves. The law is too vague

  43. I blame optic the green wall hex’s that’s why they sold optic that’s a true Mexican for you I’m a Chicano so I’m not races

  44. dumb question… but can a channel still be fined/shut down if the owner, like myself, were to just say fuck making money and just mark anything remotely fun or cheary as "eh a kid might watch this one day… it has 0 views but, that one kid might click it" and just yeet every goddamn video… all 500 or so of them… because fuck prison… nope… fuck that… can I still wind up there because of this?

  45. The FTC guy who said it was on the creator was either misinformed or lying. Coppa is a regulation that legally prevents people from collecting minors information. It is not on the creator. The creator is not collecting the data, google is. If you incorrectly flag your videos and the FTC goes after Google again, google can then sue you (I believe) but the FTC cannot hold you responsible.

  46. So, you can review a product. That the package states, NOT FOR CHILDREN, and if it LOOKS LIKE something a child would be interested in, then YOU will be fined! BUT NOT THE MAKER AND SELLER OF THE PRODUCT!

    SO much for FREEDOM! THEY TARGET kids, and Now, small business owners, ONCE AGAIN, pay the price. What a surprise

  47. as a small content creator (under 1K subs) that is not monetized, if i set ALL my videos to "for kids" (and everything that does to them, i understand that), am i protected from being sued?

  48. Why are they blaming creators instead of stupid parents using YouTube as a babysitter? And YouTube is putting the ads not creators.

  49. Where do cat videos and makeup videos fall into this mix? I would think not kid friendly, but now I'm not sure what to do. Law blows because Google and YouTube screwed the pouch and now they are passing this on to the creators. Well so much for an online blog.

  50. If these changes happen we must sue the FTC. The proposed change violates both the 1st and 8th Amendments of the United States Constitution. The 8th Amendment states; "Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.".
    "nor excessive fines imposed" In 2017 nominal median income per capita was $31,786. The mean income per capita was $48,150. 28% of workers making $50,000-$99,999 usually or always live paycheck to paycheck, and 70% are in debt. With all this in mind a $42,000 fine is without a doubt an "excessive fine". Thats without even taking into account people from developing nations.
    What should happen is this: You should have to have an account to view regular YouTube, in order to have an account you need to be 13. Anyone under 13 viewing YouTube would be committing fraud on their part, much like teenagers who view certain "adult websites".

  51. Sounds like blogs and patreon accounts are going to have a short boom soon. One thing I haven't heard yet, and I feel like this whole thing should address it, but does this then determine if YouTube is a publisher or just a platform?

  52. I started my Youtube channel 10 years ago to display videos I've made of my traffic signal collection. My content isn't aimed at kids, but I do have kids watching my videos. This leaves me wondering where my channel lies with the compliance of this law. This also leaves me leaning toward deleting my videos and closing my Google Adsense account. I just can't risk being fined more than what I make in a year at my job. Trying to grow my channel as it is in the current YouTube environment has become too risky for me.

  53. YouTube is doing this all wrong of course. What they should do is if you have a credit card on your YouTube account, then you are an adult and it opens up all videos. If it does not have a credit card then it goes to YouTube kids.

  54. This is literally one of the best video explanations of the topic. Conclusion: NO KID APPEALING CONTENT ALLOWED ON YOUTUBE. Youtube should just say that.

  55. Creators should strike back

    All videos private or deleted so youtube has to start talking

    No videos, no adds, no money coming in, youtube would just be servers doing nothing

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