YouTube’s COPPA Issue

Azucena Figueroa, Staff Writer

YouTube has a big issue that may cause many YouTubers their jobs. On the internet available to the public was the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)  created to protect young children and teens from scams directed at them. Earlier this year, COPPA found out about YouTube, “Crawling with children,” by multiple sources. As of 2020, YouTube will now have to require all creators, regardless of location and whether or not they produce content intended for children, to designate whether their videos are made for kids. According to a YouTube channel, The Game Theorists, the videos affected by this, includes videos, “Intentionally aimed for kids, includes characters, celebrities, or toys that appeal to children, including animated characters or cartoon figures with a predominantly child audience, or contains activities that appeal to children.”

This is not okay for many as, directed by COPPA, every video created that isn’t intended for children will be fined for the maximum of $42,530. This could be the downfall of many YouTubers, big and small, as they would be charged and can potentially shut down their channels completely. Many of these YouTubers are the animation YouTubers like TheOdd1sOut, JaidenAnimations, Domics, and It’s Alex Clark. This is more devastating as of late 2018 early 2019 they just started being able to make more income from YouTube’s algorithm. Other YouTubers that make videos with plushies, unboxings, and etc. will also be fined as they show figures that children would just love to get their hands on. Although the possible end of our favorite YouTubers is near, the new regulation will begin to roll out at the beginning of 2020.