I'm with the feelings YouTube has lost all of its control over itself...
I'm not sure of the actual order of the situations, but I can definitely assure they happened;
First, it was YouTube Kids; supposedly, it was meant to separate content for children from content for teenagers and adults. But actual content for teenagers and adults was censored and deleted from the site, while the videos meant for children had more stuff for adults and those that made them got away with it, winning more money than those that were creative with their videos.
You may or may not remember, but most of those 'children' videos had... Uhm... lazy animation, a lot of colors and music, clickbait-y titles, an overall lack of story, fetishes...
And those who spent time and effort in their videos, meant for a more mature audience... were punished.
Let me mention, those that made those videos for 'children' think they're stupid and that, with music and colors, they can have their fun. Children are NOT stupid. Or at least, not as stupid as they think...
Then, I can mention the Adpocalypse; some companies wouldn't want to affiliate with users that publish videos for a more mature audience, leaving them with no sponsors and losing money. I still do wonder how YouTubers get paid, though, but that's something else.
Yet now... it's COPPA and the mostly-unskippable ads. I cannot be one video without getting interrupted by an ad or two. Worst of all, most of them are unskippable.
Every time I upload one of my music videos, I am forced to be taken to a 'new' Studio, and I must answer a 'simple' question:
Is my video made for kids?
No. Fuck no. Even if it's instrumental music, not a child's round or anything.
But I bet animation is at most risk; unfortunately, there are people that are still with the stereotype 'animation is for kids', and may force everyone who makes animation to have their content as 'for kids', even if it features major violence or sexual content (I know an animated film that is majorly violent, despite the lack of gore... and quite the crude humor and alcohol references)
If I were to make animated clips of any Fugitive story -if I can even have the capabilities and stuff by the style, I'd obviously mark them as 'not for kids', but may still show up for children to watch because it's animation. At least I have Newgrounds for that, where I can properly filter and stuff, but that can be something else.
BUT HERE IS THE ONE THING YOUTUBE DOES NOT UNDERSTAND: YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO USE THE INTERNET IF YOU AREN'T AT LEAST 13 YEARS OLD!!
ALSO, HOW THE FUCK DO YOU KNOW USERS' AGES WHEN THEY ARE NOT VISIBLE IN THE SYSTEMS!? HOW DO YOU KNOW IF SOMEONE'S A KID THAT LIED ABOUT THEIR AGE TO BE ON THE FUCKING SITE?!
The problem isn't in the children or in the content, it's in the parents that do not educate them properly and the people that do not tolerate the content. Is it THAT hard to ignore it or get away from what you're not keen with?
In their opinion, YES; they sue it, YouTube acts and filters it, and it can be gone. YouTube's rules about NOT involving sexual content, gore, and coarse language are, pretty much overprotective, as they want children to be safe.
LEAVE THE FUCKING CHILDREN ALONE AND FOCUS ON WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY; FREEDOM FROM REAL CONTENT CREATORS! WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED ANYWAY, NORTH KOREA, WHERE EVERYTHING IS OVERLY STRICT?! OR THE USA, WHERE FREEDOM OF SPEECH IS SORT OF A LAW?!
But I bet their realization will be the day they are sued, lose, and are away from the browsers...
Yet I sort of know what happens; people complain about what's truly the issue, and YouTube doesn't care. Their inbox can be full of a million unresponded complaints and they do nothing about it. This has its time, but it's worth mentioning it... sort of.
If YouTube gets more messed up and throws away every user that makes effortful content...
I swear I'll make a Pornhub account, even if it may be for uploading SFW stuff. But because YouTube won't listen.