Some in the UK feel that YouTube videos, like movies and other forms of art/media, need age ratings.
According to The Guardian, YouTube and Vevo have collaborated with two organizations – the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) and the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) – to make sure new music videos made in the UK come with age ratings.
“Keeping children safe as they experience and enjoy all the benefits the internet has to offer is a key priority for this government’s one-nation approach to help families across Britain,” said minister for internet safety and security Joanna Shields. “We will continue to work with industry to develop ways to help parents to better protect children online from inappropriate music videos with explicit adult or violent content.”
All new videos from major record labels will be submitted to the BBFC to be rated. Soon, the ratings pilot will be tried with independent labels as well.
The YouTube video ratings system has been tested in the UK since last fall, and 132 new videos have been rated in all. 56 have been given a 12+ rating, 53 a 15+ rating, and just one has been hit with an 18+ rating.
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