YouTube is relaxing some rules about ads on drug-related videos – Jon Porter

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From this month, Google is updating some of its YouTube ad guidelines about drug-related videos. In a support document spotted by Gizmodo, Google says it’s “expanding monetization on educational, documentary or news content that may include violent interactions with law enforcement, recreational drugs and drug-related content, or sensitive events.” The update means more drug-related videos should be eligible to have ads placed next to them.

You can see the exact changes by comparing a backup of YouTube’s old content guidelines from last month with the guidelines that are live now. The guidelines break down drug-related content into three categories: videos where uploaders can turn ads on, videos where ads should be turned off, and videos…

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