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The Updated YouTube Terms of Service

The Updated YouTube Terms of Service

On the 10th of December 2019, the terms of Service on YouTube will be updated.  

On the Policy, Safety, and Copyright- Sensitive content:

  • Nudity and sexual content PolicyExplicit content means sexually gratifying ( like pornography) is not allowed on Youtube. Videos containing fetish content will be removed or age-restricted. In most cases, violent, graphic or humiliating fetishes are not allowed. 

What This means for you.

Don’t post content that has the following:

  • Description of genitals, breasts or buttocks ( clothed or unclothed ) for the purpose of sexual gratification.
  • Pornography depicting sexual acts, genitals, or fetishes for the purpose of sexual gratification 

Age-restricted content 

This applies to videos, video description, comments, live stream, and other youtube product or feature 

Educational Content 

Nudity is allowed when the primary purpose is educational, documentary, scientific or artistic and isn’t gratious. 

What happens when content violates this policy?

If the content violates this policy, it will be removed and an email notification sent. You will get a warning with no penalty if it is the first time. However, after 3 strikes your channel will be terminated. 

More information 

  • Custom thumbnails Policy  

Custom thumbnails that violate our Community Guidelines are not allowed on YouTube.

If you see thumbnails that violate this policy, please report them. Instructions for reporting violations of our Community Guidelines are available here. If you have found multiple videos, comments, or a user’s entire channel that you wish to report, please visit our reporting tool, where you will be able to submit a more detailed complaint.

What this means for you

Don’t post a thumbnail on YouTube that fits any of the descriptions noted below.

  • Thumbnails that include pornographic images
  • Violent imagery intended to shock disgust
  • Thumbnails misleading viewers into thinking they’re about to view something that’s not in the video

Please note this is not a complete list.

Sometimes, a thumbnail may not be appropriate for all audiences, but doesn’t violate our Community Guidelines. When that happens, we’ll remove the thumbnail, but we won’t issue a strike on your channel. We’ll let you know we removed it and you’ll be able to upload another thumbnail.

Here’s what we consider when we remove these kinds of thumbnails:

  • Whether breasts, buttocks or genitals (clothed or unclothed) are the focal point of the thumbnail
  • Whether the subject is depicted in a pose or clothing that is intended to sexually arouse the viewer
  • Whether violent or gory imagery is the focal point of the thumbnail
  • Whether the title, description, tags, or other data indicate an intent to shock or disgust viewers.

    • Child Safety on YouTube
      On August 21, YouTube expanded the child safety policies to better protect the  family experience on YouTube. Content that targets young minors and families but contains sexual themes, violence, obscene, or other mature themes not suitable for young audiences, is not allowed on YouTube.

      Learn More Here

      What it means – Don’t post content on YouTube if it fits any of the descriptions below.
      1. Sexualization of minors
      2. Harmful or dangerous acts involving minors
      3. Infliction of emotional distress on minors:
      4. Misleading family content
      5. Cyberbullying and harassment involving minors: 


Content that promotes self-harm or is intended to shock or disgust users is not allowed on YouTube. We do allow users to post content discussing their experiences with depression, self-harm, or other mental health issues.

If you’re posting content

YouTube users should not be afraid to speak openly about the topics of mental health or self-harm. But please don’t post content on YouTube if it fits any of the descriptions noted below.

  • Promoting or glorifying suicide
  • Providing instructions on how to self-harm or die by suicide
  • Graphic images of self-harm posted to shock or disgust viewers

This policy applies to videos, video descriptions

To learn more, explore the link below 


Who May Use the Service?

This section sets out certain requirements for use of the Service and defines categories of users. Key updates:

  • Age Requirements. We have stated the specific age requirements for your country, reflecting our Google wide policies, and included a notice that, if you are a minor in your country, you must always have your parent or guardian’s permission before using the Service.


Age requirements on Google Accounts

13 is the minimum age to manage your own Google Account.

Getting started with Family Link

You can use the Family Link App to create a Google Account for your child under 13 (or the applicable age in your country). You can also use Family Link to add supervision to your child’s existing Google Account.

Note: Family Link availability may be limited in some countries

Service-specific age requirements

Some Google services have specific age requirements. Here are a few examples:

  • YouTube: When a YouTube video has been age-restricted, a warning screen is displayed and only users who are 18 or older can watch it. Learn more about age-restricted videos.
  • Google Payments: Most forms of payment are restricted to users who are 18 or older. For age requirements for Play gift card redemption, check your country’s terms of service.
  • AdSense: 18+
  • Google Ads: 18+

Account Suspension and Termination

This section explains how you and YouTube may terminate this relationship. Key updates:

  • Terminations. Our Terms now include more details about when we might need to terminate our Agreement with bad actors. We provide a greater commitment to give notice when we take such action and what you can do to appeal if you think we’ve got it wrong. We’ve also added instructions for you if you decide you no longer want to use the Service.


Youtube is an amazing tool that is one of the common social media platforms our children spend time with. 


Take time to go through the details of the updates. 




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