How will FTC And The Coppa Law Affect My YouTube Channel?

How will FTC And The Coppa Law Affect My YouTube Channel?

December 3, 2019 4 By Kody Olson


I guess it’s my turn to throw in my two
cents on the FTC COPPA rule that’s affecting YouTube so for those of you
who don’t know I do a lot of Lego build so I do some tutorials and I do mocks
and well reviews which I’m stopping this year due to my own I’m just not
interested in doing those so like 90% of my library was hit with the hall made
for kids which I use that in quotes and I’m already starting to designate videos
because we have to it’s the law so in 2020 will be an it a major
downgrade for my channel unless things change we’ll get into that in a bit so
next year you will no longer be able to comment on most of my videos you will
not be able to like or dislike you will no longer be able to save them to your
own playlist or watch later or add to favorites or whatever you won’t be able
to click on the in screens or the cards which means now we have to go back to
putting things in the description again and I don’t even know if descriptions
are disappearing I guess personalized advertisements
going away and for my channel if I change the whole channel itself I you
won’t be able to turn on notifications you will not be able to or I won’t be
able to actually use the discussion tab to show you guys the flashback Lego
builds and stuff for any announcements or even wishing everyone happy holidays
or whatever like that so that’s all gonna disappear and maybe some other
features so sadly YouTube in 2020 is getting a major downgrade now am i
worried about it not really because I actually have a day job what you see on
the screen here I’m doing this as a visual
because well I don’t want to get flagged by this I put some scripting here and
working on a chat script right now from my website because well I may end up
losing live-streaming privileges next year because I make Lego stuff so how
does this affect the Lego hobby you know still photos just don’t sir justice I’d
like to show a video on my builds because it’s easy for me to show more
angles and just taking a snapshot of stuff and posting it on a website so
it’s easy to go with my camera and do a tour that makes sense so I got to
thinking more and more what do I’m gonna do so I’m gonna be doing some stuff on
here that I used to do 10 years ago for those who have been around with me since
the start I used to have a coarse Lego on here but I had also vlogs I had
repair videos I had coding tutorials and my scenic adventure stuff and I decided
to make this channel a full Lego channel I think back in 2012 and I started doing
more than reviews and stuff like that well now just to make sure my channel
does not you know get affected like I’m trying to do is make more mature content
so like this right here what you see on your screen right here which is a script
for a chat room for more mature mature audiences so I can claim my channel as
for mixed alright so I do not lose the notifications and I do not lose the
discussions tab so that means I have to go back to what I used to do things and
don’t worry guys and gals I’m not gonna do any scenic adventure stuff on here
now some of you’ve already seen some of my stud builds I found out those are
pretty much safe so may end up doing more though some of you have requested
those and those are easier to do because I don’t have to wait for parts or
anything like to have to come in I can just start building and everything’s
compat and don’t worry I’m not gonna use some
oddball parts now I looked into my analytics and I notice majority of the
viewers on my channel are between 18 to like 30 something maybe 40 and that’s
pretty much what it is I do have some teenagers who watch my
channel but it’s like maybe 6% so so yeah now a couple days ago the FTC ends
up bringing out a blog post saying that they were you know they read our
comments they were actually listening to us from the regulations.gov website and
they stay there aware that a lot of us out there kidding myself I make my stuff
for a general audience I make myself a lego community and to have these two
designations made for kids are not made for kids I’m confused on ok so so my
videos I know are pretty advanced for kids matter of fact let’s keep it more
formal let’s call kids children because that’s just better kid reminds me of a
small baby goat and that just shows you how educated some people are so for me
my content is not really intended for children my content is intended for
pretty much to intermediate-to-advanced Lego builders I consider myself
intermediate with some very basic legal tutorials ok very simples like let’s
build a red car you know let’s build a blue truck or something like that very
simple and then of course we get to the more advanced stuffs not that you’re
actually gonna have to sit and actually dig for parts so but with this new
YouTube ruling they don’t have an option for general audience
now the FTC said if you’re doing gentle audiences your content may not be
covered under Coppa law that means that I can just say well it’s not now I’ve
read some stuff from YouTube on there was it their team YouTube Twitter
and people have been tweeting about that where does the general audience sitting
I want to set that well guess what their excuses oh it’s more complicated than it
seems we can’t just add that in there so they added made for kids not made for
kids and of course there’s another option for restricted age content we
have to be eating enough to watch it and I thought hmm I wonder if not made for
kids is considered general audience I got to thinking about that because if
you click the bubble it says made for kids
everything gets grayed out so I I don’t know but anyways it’s the whole aspect
of it too I trust what YouTube’s doing know that I was reading more and more
about at YouTube was actually given an option back in 2012-2013 ish to actually
implement such features such as an audience you know the target a certain
audience and I guess YouTube failed to do that now this is just hearsay this is
what I’ve heard so those features are not implemented in YouTube for 6 years
until the FTC rained down on them here I was cussing out the FTC and they’re
still doing some pretty obscure stuff still with the whole caca law but you
know I understand they want to protect kids all right or children but come on
Alf well there’s only so much you can do it’s up to the parents to actually
decide what their child watches on the Internet
all right if I have a child and I didn’t want them watching YouTube well on the
network an administrator here at my house I can just turn that off and it
blocks all access to youtube if you’re using the app it will not work here
so YouTube’s solution right now is we have to self designate our videos matter
of fact if you upload a video now it actually forces you if it’s made for
kids are not made for kids so I have to go through like seven
hundred some-odd videos to designate I’ve already done a few of them that I
think are more targeted towards younger builders so I’m putting them in there
I’m gonna see how well it turns out but more my advanced tutorials I’m not
there’s no way that a ten or a twelve year old can put some of these builds
together some of these projects that I do cost literally hundreds of dollars
you know it’s no wait it’s bonkers but for the faith of my channel though after
all this do I think I’m gonna survive on you too probably not that’s why you’re
seeing a JavaScript code on the screen because I am NOT going to get flagged I
mean I would have sorted parts while doing this so I’ve been working on stuff
like this and to put together a drop-down menu and stuff for a chatroom
versus type in IRC commands but you know I’d rather sit here and talk to you guys
and gals like more of us now in the Lego commute specialist in the Lego community
especially if you’re in the mock store animation we’re really worried you know
and for the guys in the news and reviews I don’t know I don’t talk to anybody
that does news and reviews videos I don’t know if they’ve gotten nailed
maybe not but for me I actually use a physical Lego product and I got nailed
so some of you already saw my test videos up on YouTube of seeing what
won’t be classified that now I did seek legal advice from my attorney and he had
to pass it off to another colleague of his because he did not know what the FTC
was doing so Hanza forunate to his colleague and she’s a very nice very
well educated lady about all this as she specializes in media
she watched the FTC’s podcast she read through all the rules and then her and I
were on a call probably about a couple of days ago and she pretty much told me
that in simple terms to get just if YouTube does this just prepare for the
worst shows what you doing on there she goes she looks through some of my videos
because yeah I can see why some of these would be probably nailed for being kids
but I understand there’s a lot more people out there who were doing you know
let you know us adults doing Lego it’s like a pastime you know but even
she was kind of wrapping her head around the law says these laws are big then she
saw the pop the blog post by the FTC and she was like oh well this is a little
more clarified but the interest of a child that could be anything you know
when I was younger I was interested in math physics and computer science
electronics I wasn’t one of those that played cops and robbers I wasn’t one of
those type of people who really sat in the house all day and played video games at the age of six I was already starting
to write my first program and about eight years old I was doing math
equations and fixing electronics like I was I fixed my very first TV when I was
eight and a half years old you know I had a neighbor who brought over a
black-and-white TV because he won like tearing stuff apart and he said it would
not turn on and you know just to make a long story short the switch was bad and
any thermal sister was bad sighing to replacing those have myself a nice
black-and-white TV then I obtained a color TV so probably one of the very few
grade school kids back in the 80s that actually had like three TVs and a couple
of boom boxes and stuff but that stuff interests me but I mean I’m sure that
there may be it there maybe is a charm a child out there who’s interested in
programming I know there has to be one you know of course this is
almost 2020 information on the Internet is just widely available back then I had
to go to a library to learn all this stuff but I don’t want to make this deal
too long but the faith of my channel it’s not gonna look good now I’ll have
links post in the description below for the regulations.gov I’ll have one posted
to the blog post if you want to read through that it’s it’s I’m gonna be
honest with you it’s a very dry reading even puts me to sleep so if I need a
good night’s sleep I’ll read that also put a link to the thing about the
comments where you can submit your own comment to the FTC or about the copper
law and just tell them how you think no don’t go in there and start cussing up a
storm alright be very civil about it even if you’re just a YouTube watcher
like if you just view content on here if it’s family-friendly if you like
watching and be honest if you’re Ford that’s great if you’re against it that’s
great too you know that’s okay it’s why we have that amendment of freedom of
speech even if you’re not in this country make your voice be heard let it
okay I’m not in this country why am I being punished you know but it’s really
sad though that for something like myself who’s an a fall adult fan of Lego
I’m getting punished because of the hobby you know I don’t want to do some
mature hobby like maybe work on stocks or something like that or maybe new
coding but yeah it’s just it’s sad that we’re all getting punished on YouTube
pretty much it’s not just the creators but it’s also the the viewers like you
guys and gals who watched my content you know I can’t even and I know someone’s
gonna ask me to show my face why am I not doing a face cam like all the other
youtubers well I have a I you know I have a disability and I don’t like
people seeing it so for me I’m not gonna show it on video – I don’t
have a million subscribers so I’m not even gonna bother with that so you have
to stare at a piece of source code but because I know I’m gonna get that
question asked so as far as for 2020 I’m still gonna be continuing with some Lego
builds but they will not be in the form that you usually see I do have a patreon
I’m thinking next year I’m gonna start maybe selling parts list because the way
that they’re cutting back all this stuff on YouTube is kind of like disgusting me
and you know and putting together tutorials it’s not cheap mocks are okay
but I like to build my mocks with real bricks and I don’t like doing them in
CAD so I don’t know the fate of this channel right now we’ll see you know we
still got a month left if everything goes well great you know they come it
the FTC says hey we fixed it we understand and then YouTube comes and
says okay we’re gonna put the new audience settings in here we’re gonna
let you select your audience and don’t abuse it I’m happy with that and one
other thing I’d really be happy if YouTube ditched that stinkin AI I’m
sorry artificial intelligence is supposed to be a tool it’s not meant to
run your whole web service all right who does that kind of stuff I mean yes I
brought up a few AI programs in my programming career and I always tell my
clients this is a tool this is supposed to be like using a wrench or a
screwdriver all right it’s supposed to aid in your stuff you know I’m gonna say
hey here it is I’m gonna run my whole thing I’m gonna go out and take a cruise
somewhere for six months because that’s not what it’s for but anyways I don’t
want to be ranting and raving and all that stuff on here but yeah you know the
jet the state of this channel is kind of on a rocky state right now and trying to
make different types of content on here so I could still keep my features and I
feel sorry for any of the Lego enthusiasts out there who do nothing but
Lego you are pretty much doomed for me I’m gonna do some computer programming
and may end up doing some mathematic tutorials mostly for
college students and some upper division high school maybe some undergrad or
maybe grad school math stuff but you know that right there would be like ASMR
content for some here here watch one of my let’s prove a let’s prove a math
theorem alright we’re gonna talk about a number theory or something like that
here this will put you to sleep but yeah like I said I’m trying to do everything
I can to keep this channel afloat because I do not want to lose nine and a
half years worth of tutorials on here because that’s just nuts so I have to go
and do all this other stuff it’s silly but I have to do it