Saturday, November 23, 2019

YouTubers are in for big changes and revenue losses

Starting January 1st 2020, YouTube will begin enforcing the FTC rules that have been in place but ignored until now concerning children under 13 years old viewing videos not suited to their age group.

This sounds simple BUT, all tubers will have to categorize ALL their published and newly uploaded videos since they started uploading!

This may be one or thousands of your videos.

The fine for improperly categorized video’s is $42,000.00+ PER VIDEO!!

Who determines compliant videos? YouTube and the FTC, yes the government and there’s where it will get ugly because the FTC opinion and the tubers may be quite different, a very gray area.

Monetization of the children’s videos will be Zero$$ along with comments and sidebar advertizing will be gone.

Here’s an example of what I see coming:
Take camping and the hundreds of YouTubers uploading thousands of videos about their life as full-time van dwellers and RVer’s. They make their living off of YouTube. Here’s the issue is see, what 9 or 13 year old doesn’t like camping? They will have to categorize ALL their videos for children and then lose all the revenue from the videos..

It’s going to get ugly, I envision many YouTubers closing down and going away rather than risk financial ruin from the FTC for simply improperly categorizing. Remember the fines are $42,000 for each video.

Here’s a link to a very good video made by YouTube explaining the do’s and don’ts of the newly enforced FTC Rules:

Here’s another good video from FY Nyth, who is a homesteader, tiny home dweller as well as professional wildlife photographer trying to explain how it will affect her:


  1. Shutting them down is exactly what they're after. Entirely too much free speech out there, you know!

    1. Gorges, I agree that here is too much 'BAD' information out there on YouTube. We have to be cautious of what they put out.

  2. The worst thing YouTube ever did was monetise videos.

    1. Anon, I agree. To make money they have to put out mind numbing content of no value every week or daily. The people who put out informative content are over shadowed by the people doing junk uploads.