YouTube Announces New Policies On Eating Disorder Content

San Francisco: Google-owned YouTube has announced that it will update its approach to eating disorder-related content in the coming weeks to make room for community, recovery and resources while protecting viewers.

“We have long had policies in place to remove content that promotes or promotes eating disorders. Going forward, we are also updating our Community Guidelines to restrict content about eating disorders , which is exemplary behavior, or behavior that we’ve worked with experts to determine that lead viewers at risk for copying,” YouTube said in a blogpost.

According to the company, the policies may include addressing disordered eating behaviors, such as purging after meals or severely restricting calories, and weight-based bullying in the context of eating disorders.

The company has collaborated with NEDA (National Eating Disorders Association) and other organizations as part of the development of its new policies to deepen understanding of exemplary behavior, its potential manifestations in content, and its impact on vulnerable audiences.

In addition, to ensure appropriate content viewing, the company has implemented ‘age restrictions’ on some content discussing disordered eating behaviors in the context of recovery, as well as those featuring EDSA, as they are suitable for all ages. may not be suitable for

“Some videos may not be available to viewers under the age of 18 if you are signed out or if the video is embedded on another website,” the company said.

In addition, Youtube has introduced an Eating Disorder Crisis Resource Panel 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.