In a "Policy enforcement update" posted earlier today, YouTube announced a series of changes coming to the site's content moderation, a lot of them centred around new distinctions between actual real-world violence and the "scripted or simulated violence" you see in video games.
YouTube said the policy amendments will mean less video content being restricted behind an age-gate, so more viewers will be able to access it.More news: Melania Trump debuts 'Spirit of America' 2019 Christmas decorations
The website's new simulated violence policies apply to "scripted" violence as well, so that likely means action sequences in movies or TV shows will also be exempt from the traditional rules. Starting today, YouTube's community guidelines will treat videogame violence the same as other scripted violence - though there have been no changes to the existing, separate guidelines for what's 'advertiser-friendly'.
Future gaming uploads that include scripted or simulated violence may be approved instead of being age-restricted.More news: Businesses wary of criticising Modi govt
The news has been met with praise on Twitter and could be beneficial for YouTube Gaming creators that post videos containing violent gameplay. YouTube does, however, note that it plans to continue restricting content where the sole focus of the video is on the violent content itself.
There will be fewer restrictions for violence in gaming, but this policy will still maintain our high bar to protect audiences from real-world violence. For example, if a creator shows only the most graphically violent portions of a video game, his or her video could still be restricted.More news: Red Wings lose big again, this time to Flyers 6-1