YouTube Age Restriction: YouTube is Not Making It Easy to Check Your Videos

I recently made a video about how YouTube age restriction has been placed on my content. When I check my channel with the restriction mode turned on, some of my videos disappear. I wasn’t even surprised about it nor was I mad because sometimes I let a couple of F-bombs slide per video (I’m trying to get better with that). What surprised me was that among the hidden content are my two Astroneer gameplay videos. Huh?

The joke was that if my Astroneer content doesn’t break guidelines, then I must be in the same boat as LGBTQ+ YouTube creators that are getting their videos age restricted.

My Astroneer gameplay has no violence, profanity, and doesn’t break and community guidelines, so… why are they hidden to logged out users?

The first thing I did was check if either of those videos has closed captions that I can download and parse. But only one of my videos has closed captioning transcribed (don’t know who or how did it, but thanks) and I downloaded a .srt file and opened it in a text editor so I can run a find on any profanity. I didn’t find any profanity.

Hmph?

So I Googled, “How to check age restriction on YouTube videos” and found some Stack Overflow posts about YouTube’s API. Oh goodie!

I started fiddling with the YouTube’s API, which I had to get a Google API Key for and started looking up all my video id’s. And this is what showed up.

{
 "kind": "youtube#videoListResponse",
 "etag": "\"uQc-MPTsstrHkQcRXL3IWLmeNsM/QGgOUZIB2_OXFleNfukw-IBpddg\"",
 "pageInfo": {
  "totalResults": 9,
  "resultsPerPage": 9
 },
 "items": [
  {
   "kind": "youtube#video",
   "etag": "\"uQc-MPTsstrHkQcRXL3IWLmeNsM/n7XO7T-JusPQkrbiyFwGmVDPwZ0\"",
   "id": "1XgHGZXLJb0",
   "contentDetails": {
    "duration": "PT7M47S",
    "dimension": "2d",
    "definition": "hd",
    "caption": "false",
    "licensedContent": true,
    "projection": "rectangular"
// Something is missing here!
   }
  }
 ]
}

What’s missing? The contentRestriction property which is the flag that tells a software developer what videos fall under the YouTube Age Restriction. The above is called JSON and it’s a universal code that can be read by all kinds of websites, apps and machines. The JSON above is the data that I pulled right out of the YouTube’s database. Pretty Cool huh?

So if the contentRestriction is missing then does that mean that my videos should be visible, or does it mean that YouTube made a change and is hiding that information from the public? The only way I could answer that was look for a video that was undoubtedly NSFW. So I searched for “dildo”. Don’t judge. It’s the first thing I thought of. Normally dongs are censored on cable so it’s sure to answer my question.

//UNBOXING: MY FAVORITE DILDO & VIBRATOR REVIEWS! - Age restricted - not verified - 69,389
//https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fnz9LSCftB4

{
 "kind": "youtube#videoListResponse",
 "etag": "\"uQc-MPTsstrHkQcRXL3IWLmeNsM/5KNVh2zHOxqXHYtcJbQ8fHPiKjc\"",
 "pageInfo": {
  "totalResults": 1,
  "resultsPerPage": 1
 },
 "items": [
  {
   "kind": "youtube#video",
   "etag": "\"uQc-MPTsstrHkQcRXL3IWLmeNsM/nNtNyD_Ah7FnxSZf2qkj_MP0fgM\"",
   "id": "Fnz9LSCftB4",
   "contentDetails": {
    "duration": "PT13M22S",
    "dimension": "2d",
    "definition": "hd",
    "caption": "false",
    "licensedContent": true,
    "contentRating": {
     "ytRating": "ytAgeRestricted"
    },
    "projection": "rectangular"
   }
  }
 ]
}

If you noticed, the highlighted line shows what the response looks like if the video is age restricted. I looked up a bunch of other videos in the “dildo” search results, lol.

The Whisper Rabbit Vibrator By Intimate Rose & Isive Dildo Review
Sydney Lee
YouTube Age Restriction
not verified
12,904 subs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3OxTSoUZK8

UNBOXING: MY FAVORITE DILDO & VIBRATOR REVIEWS!
JaclynVlogs
YouTube Age Restriction
not verified
69,389 subs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fnz9LSCftB4

dildo prank on husband! (due to weak sex)
Chrisand Queen
No YouTube Age Restriction
Verified
652,211 subs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNQUsiYRNlM

Top 5 Dildo Pranks “GONE WRONG”
BuzzPranks
No YouTube Age Restriction
Verified
1,419,375 subs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-3hRIMXcw

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN DILDO
dangerbean55
No YouTube Age Restriction
not verified
833 subs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptZnUN1lrF8

Whomever buys my browsing history is in for a treat!

The above is nice mixture of don’t have age restriction and do have age restriction (according to the API response from YouTube), but when I scrolled down to the bottom of the page whilst on the “dildo” search result and turned the restriction mode “On”. Voila! All the dongs begone!

So, I’m guessing there is something else that dictates whether a video is content restricted or not and once again YouTube isn’t telling it’s users OR DEVELOPERS how to tell the difference.

I sent YouTube an email letting them know that most of my videos are not Age Restricted in the API Response, but still not showing up in my catalog. We’ll see what they say.