Last year, Google found itself in legal trouble because of YouTube and privacy policies related to minors. The search giant was fined millions of dollars after it found it had violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The company began making a number of changes to the platform before the ruling, followed by an official announcement.
As part of these changes, the company has some restrictions on content that creators mark as child-made. However, these changes could lead to some annoying problems with such content on YouTube music, especially Disney music.
Tracks marked for children cannot be liked or disliked, which means users can no longer add them to their playlists. In addition, you can’t use other features, such as browsing the app while playing music in the background. Advanced subscribers can allow songs to play in the background by locking the screen or navigating to the home screen. However, you cannot switch to the search results screen and add other tracks to the queue.
Interestingly, these restrictions seem to only occur on mobile apps, where desktop sites allow you to like or dislike songs or add them to playlists. It is not clear whether the desktop version of the service will see these changes at any time in the future. If possible, it’s a good idea for users to use a desktop site to play music made for children. If you’re limited to mobile apps in your car or elsewhere, these restrictions are bound to inconvenience you.
Google officials do not currently have information on whether they plan to make any changes to the child’s behavior or content restrictions. Given the inconvenience of changes to basic features, such as adding to playlists, we hope to achieve improvements as soon as possible.