YouTube relaxes monetization rules on inappropriate language

In November last year, YouTube adopted rules that would demonetize videos containing offensive language in the first eight seconds.... Maria | 9. March 2023

In November last year, YouTube adopted rules that would demonetize videos containing offensive language in the first eight seconds. These rules were intended to reduce swearing and violent images. However, after many complaints from content creators, YouTube has informed us that they will update the rules. In addition, they will review the videos which received a yellow badge with the previous rules.

Throughout this time, language has been a concern for content creators with large followings on YouTube. On the one hand, they have strived to offer their viewers a better “image” while avoiding possible sanctions from the platform.

People have been left without monetizing a video due to a bad-sounding word or two that slipped out unintentionally. However, the new measures related to offensive language in YouTube videos and live streams will change this situation. Although many of the community will probably consider this change unnecessary, it is good news.

Inappropriate language on YouTube

As mentioned, in November 2022, YouTube introduced rules to reduce insults and profanity. In addition, they also sought to mitigate violent images and dangerous acts for users.

Similarly, they announced that all videos with inappropriate language and drug use in video game content would not receive monetization from advertising revenue.

These measures affect videos shared on the platform before the new regulations. Some older videos stopped monetizing because they did not meet the new requirements, even though their content was allowed when published.

Due to the numerous complaints issued by affected content creators, the platform announced that it was working to “make some adjustments to that policy and address their concerns.”

Foul-mouthed words will be less regulated on YouTube

Moderate foul-sounding words, including catchphrases such as shit, fuck, and the like, will receive the green icon and will not pose a problem for YouTubers.

Similarly, it will be possible to monetize videos with music containing swear words; nonetheless, content producers should exercise caution when using more strong language in the opening seven seconds of a video.

All in all, video titles containing foul language will still be ineligible for ads. Although this new rule should not make content creators lose their manners, a bad day is anyone’s day, so words like those mentioned are typical for many people.

This news appears a few hours after knowing that the most intrusive ads will stop appearing in videos from April 6th. This critical change aims to improve the user experience and the platform’s performance.

Given the platform’s problems, YouTube executives are taking two necessary steps to please users asking for adjustments such as these.

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