Youtube is the best music/video streaming platform that is there on the internet. The American online video sharing and social media platform that is currently owned by Google is easily one of the most browsed websites/apps now. In fact, Youtube currently is the second most visited website by total user visits, the first being Google.
Ever since Youtube was discovered by Steve Chen, Chad Hurley, and Jawed Karim in 2005, it rapidly surged in demand, being the first of its kind platform for viewing and uploading online video content. It was eventually acquired by Google in November 2016, after just a single year of its foundation for a whopping $1.65 billion in a stock-for-stock transaction.
Youtube’s journey is nothing but glorious, to say the least. Along with all the services that Youtube provides its users with, the Google-backed platform has never compromised with the security that it offers its users. Security is a foremost thing that the websites and apps of today have to focus on, which Youtube has always been doing for its world of users and contributors.
One of its security features is the Youtube restrictions.
What is Youtube Restriction?
The video streaming cum social media platform restricts its users in numerous ways to maintain peace and help the platform be legally fit to operate around the globe. When it comes to restrictions, Youtube is famous for its Restricted mode.
This restricted mode of Youtube, as it is called, is an optional setting that is introduced on Youtube to help the users refrain from seeing any potentially mature/adult content that they might not prefer to view. This feature simply keeps the Youtube users away from such content by screening them out!
How to Manage Restrictions on YouTube videos?
The restrictions imposed on Youtube videos are built to prevent the viewers of the platform from viewing a particular video or to stop the monetization of such videos in case the user is in the YouTube Partner program. For example, many videos are sometimes not suited to be viewed by children under 18 years of age. furthermore, there can also be an issue with the content’s copyright.
Now, if you are wondering how you can easily check the restrictions on a particular Youtube video, then don’t worry because you would be able to do that easily. For this, you can simply get on to see the check restrictions that will be displayed in the YouTube Studio app, which you will find on your mobile device.
Simply, check the restrictions that are there on your video. If you are now wondering whether these restrictions are impacting your video, then follow these methods listed below:
- To begin with, you need to Sign in to your YouTube Studio first.
- Then, you need to go to the left menu and select the Content option.
- Here, you will get the Uploads tab, from where you would have to find your video in the list and then check the column that says “Restrictions”.
Now, in case you have a restriction listed there, then you can hover over it if you want to learn more about the same and then request a review from there.
What are the main types of restrictions and how you can manage them?
If you are under the impression that there is one single restriction on Youtube, then you are wrong because Youtube might impose a list of restrictions on your content if it wants. Yes, it does impose numerous restrictions on certain content if they try to breach the Youtube terms and policies.
Copyright restriction is the primary type of restriction that Youtube is bothered about. Here, in case you have a Content ID claim or a copyright strike, which is often the case if you compose your video with audio or video from any other authentic source, you would be under this restriction. If you want to view whether your content is restricted, then you can simply visit the “Restrictions” column. Furthermore, you can also check your dispute status if you want, when you are disputing a claim.
2. Terms and policies
- Your video happens to consist of inappropriate content, which attempts to violate the Community and other Guidelines of Youtube.
- You have artificially tried and succeeded in increasing the view count of your videos.
- You have violated the YouTube Terms of Service.
- There is a trademark issue with your video.
- Your video has been subjected to a legal complaint.
Age restriction is another form of restriction that you may see appearing on your videos and eventually limiting or restricting them to a considerable amount. In case you have content with restrictions on the age, then you will find the following messages right after you visit the “Restrictions” column:
- Age restriction (set by you)
- Age restriction (set by YouTube)
4. Made for kids
Videos have always been categorized on the basis of the age group watching them. This is why you see “U” and “U/A”, based on age. Youtube has also imposed numerous restrictions on the basis of age, where most contents are for adults’ viewing whereas some of the contents are labeled purely for the children. Numerous restrictions are imposed by Youtube on the latter forms of content if the platform deems that the videos are not designed in a way that would fit children’s viewing.
Now, in case you are wondering whether your content is also coming under the same restrictions deemed by Youtube, then you need to simply check the “Restrictions” column on Youtube to confirm the same, where you would get either of the two:
- Made for kids (set by you)
- Set to Made for kids (set by YouTube)
5. Ad suitability
In case you are in the YouTube Partner Program and your video is running limited or no ads, then you would simply be able to view it in the “Restrictions” column. Furthermore, you can also opt for checking your review status when you have requested a review.