YouTube backs down and withdraws controversial restriction that affected its users

YouTube has announced a series of measures with which it modifies the current regulations on inappropriate language and adult content after the protests issued by the creators who suffered demonetization of old videos.

In November 2022, the company introduced guidelines aimed at reducing insults and inappropriate words in the platform’s videos, as well as to reduce violent images and dangerous acts for users.

Thus, it announced that it would demonetize videos that included inappropriate language in their first eight seconds and that the use and consumption of drugs in video game content would not receive advertising revenue either.

These measures also affected videos that were shared on YouTube prior to the implementation of the new regulations. Thussome old videos stopped monetizing because they didn’t meet the new requirementsdespite the fact that its content was allowed at the time of its publication.

Due to complaints filed by affected content creators, the platform announced in January that it was working to “make some adjustments to that policy and address your concerns.”

The company has now announced updated inappropriate language ad usage guidelines, acknowledging that after listening to user feedback, it concluded that “the new profanity policy resulted in a stricter approach” than originally intended.

Therefore, the company announced a series of changes with which it relaxes the previous regulations and which are in force from this Tuesday. First, it has indicated that it will be more flexible with “moderate” profanity, which will still be eligible for monetization.

Using “stronger” swear words in the first seven seconds or throughout the video and repetitively will not be a reason to restrict monetizationso they will be able to receive limited advertisements.

If videos with moderate to strong swearing and profanity extend beyond the first seven seconds in length, they will still be eligible for monetization, unless these terms are used consistently “throughout the majority of the video”.

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YouTube also clarified the use of these terms in music and has said that these expressions can be used in background music, songs or backing tracks in videos and in the introduction and end of the video. Thus, they will be able to receive full advertising revenue, something that had been prohibited under the previous rules.

The company has announced that it will review again, before March 10, the videos that comply with the previous regulations. received a yellow badge, meaning its creators have enabled monetization, but it doesn’t meet all of their advertiser-friendly content guidelines.

Browser allows you to listen to YouTube videos with the phone screen off and it’s free

Currently, users of Android devices can turn to the Vivaldi web browser, which makes it possible to play the audio of YouTube videos in the background, for free and without having to add strange plug-ins that can affect the operation of the phone.

Recently, in the browser’s official blog, it was announced that the latest update of the application incorporated several new features and one of the most outstanding features was the possibility of being able to keep listening to the audio of YouTube videos in the background directly from the browser.

So it will not be necessary to pay a monthly subscription to YouTube Premium to listen to all the music or other content offered by the Google service.

In order to activate this option initially, it is necessary to go to the Google Play Store and perform the download from the web browser named ‘Vivaldi’which operates completely free of charge.

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Once the browser installation is done, it will be necessary to open the YouTube website and execute the following steps:

Vivaldi is a web browser that allows you to listen to YouTube videos with the phone screen turned off.
Vivaldi is a web browser that allows you to listen to YouTube videos with the phone screen turned off. – Photo: Screenshot / Week
  • From the browser, the user must go to the tab manager (option located in the lower right corner of the screen)
  • Touch the icon of three vertical dots that is located in the upper right part
  • Enter the ‘Settings’ option
  • Turn on the ‘Allow background audio playback’ feature
  • Click on the ‘Restart’ button for the changes made in the browser to be applied
The Vivaldi browser allows you to listen to YouTube videos with the phone screen turned off.
The Vivaldi browser allows you to listen to YouTube videos with the phone screen turned off. – Photo: Screenshot / Week

After executing these steps it is necessary to use the browser to enter the YouTube website, then a video from the platform will have to be played and when the user exits the browser app or turns off their phone screen they will notice that the playback will not stop.

Thanks to this resource it will be possible to check social networks or open other applications while continuing to listen to the audio of a YouTube video, this will eliminate the discomfort generated by having to keep the cell phone screen on and especially when the user is walking down the street. or aboard public transport bus.

It should be noted that for this tool to work perfectly it is advisable to access the Vivaldi browser settings and go to the ‘Web pages’ option, there it will be necessary to activate the function ‘Stay in the browser’. Carrying out this process will prevent the official YouTube application from opening if you want to play the video.

*With information from Europa Press

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