After recent rumors and reports, many YouTube celebrities and YouTube viewers are becoming worried about the “YouTube Age Gate”. YouTube Age Gate is a new filter/program that YouTube is implementing into their system to restrict access of some channels and videos to viewers who do not meet the required age to view the content.
Why is this worrisome to YouTube Celebrities?
First off, many YouTube stars are worried about the implementation of YouTube age gate because they think it might cause a loss in views or even limit the growth of their channels due to content restrictions. This in turn would shrink the growth of their channels and cause a loss in monetary gain. With less views, the content creator will have less ads served on their videos and less monetizable views. Many creators have built a business with their YouTube channels and rely on their monthly incomes. This is a sign for YouTube content creators to branch out and discover other streams of revenue such as branded/sponsored videos and merchandising their brand.
How does the YouTube Age Gate work?
Supposedly there are three different tiers that YouTube will be rating channel and their videos by, Kid friendly being the lowest rating, TEEN for young adults, and finally a MATURE rating for all content deemed to be intended for mature audiences only. The program will rate your channel and its videos based on user feedback, the thumbnail and the video’s contents. The content creator will not be able to change their rating that is provided by YouTube and the rumor is that the content creator will have to start a new channel to get a new rating. YouTube will also be unsubbing channels that do not meet the age requirement from the channels that they are currently subscribed to, this is evident in the case study ofYouTubers “leafyishere” and “Chubbs“. They . upload the same exact style of offensive content yet “leafyishere” is losing subscribers and decreasing in viewership. On the other hand, “Chubbs” is rapidly gaining subscribers and gaining a multitude of views. It is rumored that “leafyishere” has had the age gate already applied to his channel and that explains his channel’s falling off.
How do we know that YouTube will be implementing this system?
Different news channels across YouTube’s platform have discussed YouTube Age Gate and their has also been leaked emails from a YouTube representative providing information about the change to a content creator. Not only this, but a YouTube representative at an after party during PAX East told another content creator about the change. There have also been reports of YouTubers who have visited the YouTube Space and searched for their accounts on the computers at the building and not been able to view their videos in the search results. A YouTube celebrity by the name of KEEMSTAR was the first to bring this issue to light and covered the news in two of his videos. Watch the videos below:
An update to the situation:
Mind you, at this time these are all rumors and the emails between the YouTube representative and content creator could be a hoax. Please let us know your opinions about the issue in the comments section below!