YouTube update guidelines for eating disorder-related content
Google-owned YouTube has announced that it will update its approach to eating disorder-related content to create space for community, recovery, and resources while protecting viewers in the coming weeks.
Further, YouTube has introduced eating disorder crisis resource panels under videos, which are currently available at the top of search results related to eating disorders in the US, UK, India, Canada, Japan, Korea, Mexico, France, and Germany, the company said.
The company has collaborated closely with NEDA (National Eating Disorder Association) and other organizations to deepen its understanding of imitable behavior, its potential manifestations in content, and its impact on vulnerable viewers as part of the development of its new policies.
“We’ve long had policies to remove content that glorifies or promotes eating disorders. Moving forward, we’ll be updating our Community Guidelines also to prohibit content about eating disorders that feature imitable behavior, or behavior that we worked with experts to determine can lead at-risk viewers to imitate,” YouTube said in a blog post.
According to the company, the policies could include — disordered eating behaviors, such as purging after eating or severely restricting calories, and weight-based bullying in the context of eating disorders.
Moreover, to ensure appropriate content viewing, the company has implemented ‘age restrictions‘ on certain materials discussing disordered eating behaviors in the context of recovery, as well as those that feature EDSA, as they may not be suitable for all ages.
“Some videos will not be available to viewers under 18 if you’re signed out, or if the video is embedded on another website,” the company said.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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