Fuck all you people afraid of adult content. I watched lots of adult content as a kid, all from horribly violent horror movies as a kid, to porn when that interest came, and I'm in no way fucked up by that. Seriously, get over your self people. Children don't take permanent harm from simply watching a stupid video or some shit. That's just fucking stupid. Youtube is fucking great! You can find almost anything you want, besides hard porn that might be very hard to find. Soft porn, meeeh, maybe. But whatever, porn has never hurt anyone. You can search for almost anything, and find it. They got the largest collection of videos on the web, enjoy.
Everyone loves YouTube, the poster boy for online video. It's a great site that not only functions well on the three main screens (PC, Mobile and TV), but also has great content, is backed by internet monolith Google, and has one of the largest most dedicated user communities of any website or brand on the web. Users consume 10% of the world's internet traffic on YouTube and upload nearly 24 hrs worth of video every minute. Despite the positive qualities, YouTube still fails on a number of issues (which is probably what is holding it back from really taking over the TV market) those are:
Since YouTube lost their lawsuit to Viacom, it has shone light on how much data Google really collects about its users, and how that data can be used against the user community
- Parental Controls:
Not the most child friendly as people/bots are still capable of mass-registering and/or sneaking past the censorship system and uploading pornographic material or hateful materials. Comments also tend towards vulgar debates as there are plenty of instigators just looking for an argument or to cause trouble, and some words which you would think might be at least partially censored are allowed. While this is great for free speech it does not make for the most child-friendly online community. The peer-review, thumbs up/down and flagging systems all help but on some videos it gets so bad with certain videos/discussions that YouTube should restrict viewing or create better parental controls to allow parents to better determine what types of content their children should be allowed to see.
Many complain that their videos are being unfairly censored or buried by YouTube, or fixing/adjustment of the view count and other metrics. There have been occasional issues raised such as the number of users who have commented on or rated a video is proportionally greater than the typical number or in fact exceeding the number of total views, which raises such suspicions (none have been proven in court). There are also allegations of YouTube employees intentionally uploading copyrighted content via skeleton accounts, while coming down harshly to some users who make use of copyrighted material under what those users consider the "fair use" clause. Also, more clarity on how certain items get Recommended or Featured on the main YouTube site would improve the site's trustworthiness.
- Another major issue of trust which could use further transparency and improvement would be the advertising system. Users accuse YouTube of advertising all over videos and not allowing users to earn a share of the advertising revenues, while only allowing "Special Interest users", users connected to the company somehow, or those who tend to speak positively about the company get preferential treatment. Again this is just an accusation, but further transparency in this regard would clearly help improve the situation. Many feel that the "Subscription-focused" Partners program is to exclusive and should be more lenient to allow all users to control ads and/or at least have access to the data on profits made from advertisements on their videos.
If YouTube could take care of these issues and maintain its technical superiority, it would easily remain the most successful online video site in the world; however if they don't change in the above mentioned issues, they may be overcome by newer sites which take the users' perspective into account. YouTube recently launched a Product Ideas page which *may* eventually be used to identify and improve such issues:
I am probably one of the biggest youtube addicts ever. Great site, if you make your account information truthful (mainly for children) It will warn you that the video you are viewing contains adult content.