Quick answer: It does both. Our filter does not simply block all or allow all of YouTube videos. Each page on YouTube is individually rated for content. Specific pages are then allowed or blocked depending on the sensitivity of your filter settings.
What is YouTube?
YouTube is only three years old and it has already played a huge role in Internet culture. According to some estimations, YouTube is the second most visited website on the Internet. As the most popular video sharing website out there, it has played a major role in networking, marketing, and political campaigns, and is even creating its own brand of celebrities. YouTube brought the world of online video sharing to a whole new level.
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The community guidelines of YouTube specifically prohibit pornography or sexually explicit content. It also asks people not to post videos that portray drug abuse, under-age drinking and smoking, animal abuse, bomb making, gratuitous violence, “gross-out videos,” or hate speech. YouTube is largely policed by YouTube viewers: when a video is posted that might be in violation of these guidelines, the video can be “flagged” by any viewer. YouTube staff review these flagged videos 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and either remove them or place age-restrictions on them.
That being said, even if YouTube staff is ruthless about eliminating sexually explicit videos, this does not mean that all sexually alluring or suggestive videos are eliminated. For many who are wanting “not even a hint” (Ephesians 5:3) of immoral sensuality in their life, YouTube can be a bit of a minefield.
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How does Covenant Eyes Rate each Page?
On each YouTube video page there are dozens of URLs. Each page may have links to related videos, promoted videos, and links to personal profiles (or channels). Plus each page may also contain descriptions of the video and comments from past viewers. All of these elements go into numerically rating a particular page.
Depending on your filter sensitivity settings, some YouTube pages will be blocked, others will not. Plus, the Filter Guardian can block or allow specific YouTube pages, by listing them in the “Always Block” list in General Settings and Overrides, or overriding the General Settings. Currently most YouTube pages are rated very low, so our filter allows many of them.
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A Warning About Embedding Videos
YouTube allows viewers to embed videos from YouTube into a personal Web page or blog. The embedded video can then be viewed from that site.
One of the more unpredictable features of embedding videos is the list of “related videos.” If I embed a video I like into my blog, I can also view videos that YouTube categorizes as “related.” These are likely to change with time as more and more videos are added to YouTube.com. So even if a video I embed is benign, I can’t control what appears as a related video.
For example, because pornography is a common subject on this blog, if I find a good video that relates to the harmful effects of porn, I want to be able to share it with our readers. However, if I were to embed this video into our blog, there may be a whole host of “related” videos that are pro-porn in nature.
To prevent an inappropriate related video from popping up, YouTube allows viewers who want to embed videos to turn off this feature. Click on “Don’t show related videos” under the embed code. This is found just to the right of the video you want to embed.
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