YouTube will ban videos that promote eating disorders

YouTube has updated its policies to prohibit videos on eating disorders that may pose risks to the integrity of users.

YouTube has updated its content policies related to eating disorders, now prohibiting videos about imitable behaviors or that may pose risks to the integrity of users.

The company has recalled that for a long time it has had community rules aimed at eliminating content that glorifies or promotes this type of food problem, such as anorexia or bulimia.

Now, in a joint effort with associations dedicated to the fight against these disorders -such as the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)-, it has created a new framework with which it has expanded the scope of its community guidelines and age restrictions. for certain videos of this type.

Thanks to this “close collaboration”, it has managed to improve the understanding “of what imitable behavior means, how it can appear in the content and how it can affect vulnerable viewers”, as it has exposed in a statement.

Therefore, from now on it will eliminate those contents that present eating disorders and actions such as vomiting after eating or “severely” restricting calories.

Likewise, the platform has assured that it will not allow videos in which psychological harassment based on weight is promoted in the context of eating disorders.

YouTube will also place age restrictions on certain videos about these food issues, and as a result, some videos will no longer be available to viewers under the age of 18 if they are not logged into this Google service.