Why is it being introduced with age restrictions on YouTube

YouTube wants to ask for ID in the future - for videos from 18

Some YouTube videos are only released for users over the age of 18. If you want to see them, you have to prove your age by logging in. In the future, YouTube could also require ID for this.

YouTube could require proof of age from European users in the future. This is the case, for example, if the age of the user cannot be clearly verified. This is what YouTube wrote in a blog post on Wednesday.

Until now, anyone who wants to watch content on the video platform over the age of 18 has to log in with a user account. This also applies if the post is embedded on a website outside of YouTube. In the user account, however, users can enter any date of birth; YouTube does not check this information.

Credit card or ID

The reason for the changes for European users are the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) of the European Union. This provides, for example, that minors are better protected from "harmful content". For this reason, "some European users may be asked to provide additional proof of age when trying to view adult content," writes YouTube on its blog. "If our systems cannot determine whether a viewer is over the age of 18, we will ask them to show a valid ID or credit card."

In addition, YouTube wants to rely more on "machine learning" in the future to recognize and label adult content. So far, this task has mainly been done by humans. If video creators disagree with the system's decision, they can take action against the decision, writes YouTube.

YouTube uses different categories to evaluate whether videos are suitable for minors or not. These include drug use, sexual activity, and nudity or violence.