This is the first in a series of six posts on compliance issues with various online platforms. Today’s post is about YouTube. Next Tuesday’s post will be about Facebook. The third post in the series, on March 22, will discuss Instagram. The fourth post in the series, on March 29, will focus on Twitter. The fifth post, on April 5, will be about Snapchat. On April 12, the sixth and final post in the series will discuss Reddit.
The video hosting and sharing service YouTube was created in 2005 and is now owned by Google. YouTube contains content from both individuals as well as media corporation partners. This content is extremely diverse, ranging from short clips to entire television shows and films as well as music videos, video blogs, live streams, and educational presentations. YouTube also makes use of the advertising program Google AdSense and includes targeted ads on its content; most of the videos on YouTube are free to view but some ad content will appear before, during, and/or after the video plays.