The self-certification tool, which enables creators to assess videos against YouTube’s monetisation guidelines, rolled out to those in the Partner Programme in April.
The policy information was published in an updated article in Google’s Help Center, with the aim of helping creators rate self-certify more accurately on the platform.
In a video uploaded to YouTube’s Creator Insider channel, Ads Policy Manager Conor Kavanagh said: “Looking at this programme which we’ve launched, it’s all about transparency, and that’s exactly what we want to bring to this helpful article as well.
“So where we started was we looked at the internal guidelines that we give our human review team, and we looked at what summary could we provide to the creator community.”
The article lists monetisation guidance for eight areas relating to content, including inappropriate language, harmful or dangerous acts and “sensitive issues”.
Information is split into three different options depending on the material, advising creators when they can run ads on their video, when they should be turned off and when they can be switched on, but “only brands who opt in” will display them.
Definitions are also provided for terms used in monetisation guidance, such as “mild violence”, “strong profanity” and “censored nudity”.
“Nudity means a ton of different things to a ton of different people, but this article really defines these key concepts and what they mean to YouTube, so that creators can more accurately complete their questionnaire,” Conor said.
When asked by host Todd whether all the policy details are included in this update, Conor then went on to add that they are “not there yet”.
“Our policies are incredibly detailed, so we’re working to translate them into really neat sentences.
“We’re planning on updating this article at least every two months, if not more frequently,” he said.
Find out more about self-certification on YouTube, or learn about the new ‘checking’ monetisation icon.
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