There is so much hubbub on the internet about COPPA now. I was wondering if it is even viable to do video online anymore. Not currently making any revenue on my Youtube channel, but I still don't want to run the risk of getting slammed with a $42000+ fine from the FTC either because my content has puppets.
This is the CHIT CHAT section. So what say you?
By Shawn on Nov 26, 2019, 7:15 AM
I'm not real sure how COPPA (Children's Online Privacy Act) would affect you.  If you are using YouTube then it would be they who would be responsible since they are in control of who joins the service and how that information is used, not you.
By Tioh on Nov 26, 2019, 10:03 AM
My Youtube channel is not monetized, my videos are not specially made for kids, interest-based (targeted) ads are deactivated ... 
If I mark my video "made for kids" comments get turned off - without the community aspect I see no reason to upload videos to youtube anymore. 

An update from the FTC:
By Shawn on Nov 27, 2019, 9:58 AM
Good find Tioh.  I hadn't realized that the FTC had ruled on this with YouTube and the actions that they took because of it. 

In light of that I do see your dilemma Puppet Dude.  I guess your best approach is that you do what Tioh did and turn off monetization and deactivate interest based ads.  I was going to check out your channel and notice for now you have removed all the content. That of course is the safest bet. The link that Tioh posted does mention that the rules are being reviewed.  Perhaps they well re-think this.

I am all for protecting children and adults information but current rules and regulations do seem to be making it difficult for the common man.  I've seriously considered shutting down PandS at times because it seemed impossible to comply with all the different regulations but I continue on and try my best.  
By Tioh on Nov 27, 2019, 12:06 PM
There is a problem with turning off monetization and deactivating interest-based ads - those settings have currently no effect on Youtubes interest-based data collection (this will not protect against lawsuits). Only if the video is set to "made for kids" data collection is turned off at the moment. Videos that collect no data make no money for Youtube. 
By The Puppet Dude on Nov 30, 2019, 8:46 PM
I currently only had two videos public and moved those to unlisted. A lot of people are pulling the trigger already and turning off their sites or moving to "Made for Kids". I  am sitting back and watching. I know of a lawyer that talked directly to an FTC official. I am not worried about the FTC, but the steps Youtube are taking with bot reading and such to cover their mess up. Over the years I have seen so many issues caused with sites taken down, demonetized, etc. because a YouTube bot screwed up. Just two weeks ago, a Youtuber named Markaplier was doing a youtube live session and asked questions where his viewers had to respond with green and red emoji cons. Because of the rate these emoticons were placed, over two hundred viewers were flagged for spamming and had their channels deleted. It's been two weeks and almost half of them have their channels back.
By StringTheory on Dec 23, 2019, 7:59 PM
The FTC sound scary. I hope they do not get in the way of  my vision in an adult puppet show. 
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