Game Theory: Will Your Favorite Channel Survive 2020? (COPPA)

  • Published: 23 November 2019
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    Here we go again, another big, scary change coming to the platform that has Creators shaking in their boots. I'm talking about COPPA, the Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act. Now COPPA has been around for a while but not too long ago the FTC and YouTube got into things over whether or not YouTube was in violation of it. The results have a lot of channels - family, gaming, art, and many more - scared for their jobs, their livelihoods, and their homes on this platform. Today, I want to talk about the reality of COPPA going into 2020 and what we REALLY have to worry about and what we don't.

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    Writers: Matthew Patrick and Stephanie Patrick
    Editors: Tyler Mascola, Koen Verhagen, and Dan "Cybert" Seibert
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Comments • 82 463

  • Remixes & Remakes
    Remixes & Remakes  7 minutes back

    They should mark kid users as kids and then turn comments off for them and not play ads for them

    • Carlos A. Calderon
      Carlos A. Calderon  9 minutes back

      The only solution to the goons in DC is Bernie Sanders to defend the internet. Please upvote this comment for people to see it, and give our only hope to combat corruption and greedy politician's stupid and boomer ideas.

      • Ms_ Penguinee
        Ms_ Penguinee  18 minutes back

        Goodbye my YouTube dream 😖 2019 is the worst year ever. I wanna cry..

        • SirPooStain
          SirPooStain  31 minutes back

          The last decade has been amazing here on youtube. From 13-22 I’ve been watching youtube. Now it looks like I won’t be seeing much more of my favorite channels.

          • your pal shrek
            your pal shrek  32 minutes back

            You're eyes look red, are you crying

            • Ahmad Dzaki
              Ahmad Dzaki  37 minutes back

              Albert plz survive next year he is one of my best youtubers he make me laugh so hard

              • TyGuytheTimeTraveler
                TyGuytheTimeTraveler  39 minutes back

                How could they take down or fine YouTubers who are not us citizens, that sounds like, something that would get America in trouble with the un

                • yellow_X
                  yellow_X  60 minutes back

                  Should I download all my favourite YouTuber's videos and store the for safe keeping in case something stupid happens next year?

                  • Ryan Barker
                    Ryan Barker  1 hours back

                    How would they enforce fines onto youtubers who arent American? (Since other countries exist)

                    • Kristen Eklund
                      Kristen Eklund  1 hours back

                      Send this video to your favorite youtuber to raise awareness. Thank you matpat, you are a lifesaver.

                      • L Bear
                        L Bear  1 hours back

                        I feel like in 2020 all the edgy underground channels that aren't really for kids are gonna blow up, making even better content

                        • Bilingual Mayonaise
                          Bilingual Mayonaise  1 hours back

                          Poor MatPat... He as obviously crying... Or he spend the entire night looking at theories... Look at his eyes dude...

                          • 206Zelda
                            206Zelda  1 hours back

                            I'm a tad tardy to this video--just coming from TearofGrace--but I'm seeing a potential for an entire YouTube Channel Purge, with the positive potential of a different media site being made and being completely "refreshed", almost 2007-quality. If YouTube and COPPA are really going to go through with this, then there should be no reason to stay.

                            For channels like The Game Theorists, Markiplier, Pewdiepie, what have you -- It will be a major loss of content if the individual videos aren't saved to a several TB hard drive and then spat out in a different location in attempts to keep the content. All the views are gone, the historical value gone, all of that gone. Sadly, where we're headed, it's going to be inevitable.

                            Going to input a story here--real brief--before concluding with a recap and possible solution to the corruption of YouTube: I've played strategy games before, and one of them happens to be World of Warcraft PVP (in which you have to constantly adapt to your opponent's way of thinking and overcome it), and I recall one of my first Arathi Basin games in which I arbitrarily became the leadership because nobody else was driving the bus. All I said was "Cap 3; if we lose one, migrate en masse and assault another while they're busy capping the lost base. Keep them moving, keep them dancing i.e. Zerg Them". We won due to migration; we weren't playing by their rules anymore, we countered it and used their tactics against them.

                            The same goes with a system that holds power over the producer and creator of YouTube content: it's against the customer and citizen. There is no way the customer can win this, not without* (edit correction) jumping through a ton of hoops to try to please the corporation. I'm no expert, but I can see that everyone will lose with the system being implemented in 2020. I plan on actually DESTROYING my channel and wiping everything away if it comes to pass because I'm going to play their "game" and show them what the results will yield them: loss. I'll have no regrets when I do so, either.

                            So, in parting, I want to close with this: Hopefully there is a method or means to create a similar media site in which the customers and producers can place their videos that does NOT link back to YouTube. Call it "Melting Pot" or what have you; whatever it may be. Let YouTube as it stands "die and wither", and let it understand that the people it is backstabbing are responsible for its success. Customers may not always be right, but they are to be valued in the exchange of give-and-take.

                            I apologize for the rant; I felt strongly about the frustrations that I've been seeing going around and wanted to provide a solution. I'm not a technical wizard and I don't know the first thing about creating websites, but I'm hoping that this idea sparks inspiration to help find a new home for the creators and producers and viewers in which they don't have to deal with this lunacy until 10 years down the line. Thank you!

                            • CravenTuber
                              CravenTuber  1 hours back

                              It seems YouTube is killing itself at this point

                              • Jesse Rhodes
                                Jesse Rhodes  1 hours back

                                YouTube is dying it's time for a new streaming service p

                                • Llord Makisig Santiago
                                  Llord Makisig Santiago  1 hours back


                                  • Flying Doggo
                                    Flying Doggo  2 hours back


                                    • i dont know what im doing

                                      So its like the infinity war but no one is stopping it

                                      • ido mcnugget
                                        ido mcnugget  2 hours back

                                        please stop crying matt you don't deserved this

                                        • Rice Muffin J
                                          Rice Muffin J  2 hours back

                                          Ok, but why does the fine have to be 42,000 FREAKING DOLLARS

                                          • Eve TheKiwiQueen
                                            Eve TheKiwiQueen  2 hours back

                                            Oh noooooooooooo

                                            • Dylan Nguyen
                                              Dylan Nguyen  2 hours back

                                              - Can’t have too adult content because of kids.
                                              - Can’t have too kid-friendly content because of kids.
                                              - FTC getting all uppity because of kids’ protection.

                                              Solution: Get rid of kids. It’s foolproof, no scam.

                                              • CJtrooper 22
                                                CJtrooper 22  2 hours back

                                                YouTube is coming to an end!

                                                • shaliza sh
                                                  shaliza sh  2 hours back

                                                  Everyone :,,(

                                                  • Brita Lavitichek
                                                    Brita Lavitichek  2 hours back

                                                    Me, sitting in my Comp Sci class crying my eyes out because the legends of the real Youtube are dying

                                                    I'm so sorry this is happening. It's just positively awful.

                                                    • Crazy To Insane
                                                      Crazy To Insane  2 hours back

                                                      well then my future in this site is going no where then welp of to newground

                                                      • Ethan Fachet
                                                        Ethan Fachet  2 hours back

                                                        So Manny Good Old Things are getting bad Like Roblox where they jack up prices and introduce stupid premium and now YouTube where there basically demonizing over like 75% of YouTube videos its just stupid parent should know what kids are doing as well as teaching them not to click on adds

                                                        • Stargirl07
                                                          Stargirl07  2 hours back

                                                          If DanPlan disappears imma cut a b**ch 😡

                                                          • Teacher Arlene Abayari Uy

                                                            so sad..... i love creating reading videos for kids :'(

                                                            • Colonial Rat
                                                              Colonial Rat  2 hours back

                                                              You have to be 13 to be on YouTube? Well, looks like I was breaking the law ages 8-12.

                                                              • lurtpie X
                                                                lurtpie X  2 hours back

                                                                What I'm I going to do?

                                                                • JuliaWsup
                                                                  JuliaWsup  2 hours back

                                                                  As always, it is not about the safety of children it is about money imo

                                                                  • zhi pei zhou
                                                                    zhi pei zhou  2 hours back


                                                                    • Lucky
                                                                      Lucky  3 hours back

                                                                      If our beloved youtubers get deleted

                                                                      *WE RIOT*

                                                                      • Ms Quinn
                                                                        Ms Quinn  3 hours back

                                                                        Should I be worried if I never received that survey to begin with?

                                                                        • Sv en
                                                                          Sv en  3 hours back

                                                                          FLAM GO

                                                                          • Ariq Amsyar Azizul Azmi

                                                                            Welp gotta switch to Twitch I guess?

                                                                            • LG Gameing EXE
                                                                              LG Gameing EXE  3 hours back

                                                                              COPPA is going to be the end for some YouTube channels

                                                                              • Cartoon Jude
                                                                                Cartoon Jude  3 hours back


                                                                                • Cartoon Jude
                                                                                  Cartoon Jude  3 hours back

                                                                                  FTC NOOOooOoOoOooOoOoOoOo

                                                                                  • chicaletseat89
                                                                                    chicaletseat89  3 hours back

                                                                                    yes Ik that the game series will die because of this and i quit youtube as well

                                                                                    • MV Mohile
                                                                                      MV Mohile  3 hours back

                                                                                      I think that the lawmakers are underestimating kids..... They are no longer the starry eyed innocent angels. It's 2019.

                                                                                      • Luna Midnight Moon
                                                                                        Luna Midnight Moon  3 hours back

                                                                                        I have a channel and I’m 12 and I DON’T Have $24,000,000 to pay a fine

                                                                                        • Rusty
                                                                                          Rusty  3 hours back

                                                                                          NO I DONT WANNA SEE ALBERT SWEAR AGAIN :(

                                                                                          • Niharika agarwal
                                                                                            Niharika agarwal  3 hours back

                                                                                            don't worry Mat. We will make it. we will give youtubers like you that we love all our support. those people just want money to be honest. they are saying ther protecting kids but for real, they just want money. they don't even think about the people who will loose a ton maybe even all their money becasue of this. i am sorry but i just turned 13 so i don't know how to do much. But i will support you and other youtubers till the end however i can. I just want youtubers to know that they are NOT alone. If there is any way i could help, i will.

                                                                                            • Jamie English
                                                                                              Jamie English  3 hours back

                                                                                              We can't make content not kid friendly or too kid, these laws don't make sense anymore 😵

                                                                                              • Cartoon Jude
                                                                                                Cartoon Jude  3 hours back

                                                                                                No I don’t wanna pay 42,000 dollars I’m 9 :(

                                                                                                • NereRear Gaming
                                                                                                  NereRear Gaming  3 hours back

                                                                                                  Please dont leave!!!