YouTube’s New Measures Will Label AI Content Posted By Creators

YouTube is bringing in news features to the platform for creators who use artificial intelligence, as a way to increase transparency. “Generative AI is transforming how creators express themselves,” YouTube explains. But there’s a catch: viewers want to know when they’re watching AI-generated images or voices.


Creators must now disclose if their content:


  • Features a realistic person’s likeness altered by AI.
  • Shows events or places altered to look different than they actually are.
  • Includes scenes made to look like real events.
  • YouTube’s angle on this: “For most videos, a label will appear in the video’s expanded description, but for sensitive topics, a more prominent label will be displayed on the video itself,” they state.


What Changes for Creators?


YouTube creators must now mark videos if they’ve used generative AI to craft content that looks real. This rule applies when videos feature things like synthetic voices or digitally altered events.

“We aim to maintain trust with our audience. It’s vital they know when they’re viewing content shaped by AI,” says the YouTube Team. Creators aren’t bound to label every AI use—scriptwriting aid or subtitle generation doesn’t count.


And for the Viewers?


YouTube’s new labels serve to enlighten viewers, helping them distinguish between AI-altered content and real footage. For general content, labels appear in the video description. However, for topics of weightier nature—think health or politics—labels will be more visible, directly on the video screen.


Why Introduce These Measures? A Full Breakdown


A Step for Transparency

This initiative comes as YouTube seeks to enhance clarity around AI-made content. “With AI rapidly evolving, it’s crucial viewers understand what they’re watching,” explains Rob from Team YouTube. The goal is to prevent confusion and uphold the platform’s integrity, especially when dealing with critical themes.


Guidance for Creators

Under the new guidelines, YouTube insists creators be upfront about AI’s role in their content, preventing misinformation spread. “Failure to adhere could lead to consequences,” YouTube warns, signaling future checks and balances for non-compliance.


How Will This Shape YouTube’s Platform?


Building a Trusted Platform

This policy could completely change how content is consumed and trusted on YouTube. In creators working with the platform to be sure they are always promoting honesty in content creation, YouTube wants to make this a space where users can work between AI-enhanced and genuine content with ease.


Feedback and Adaptation

YouTube plans to refine these policies based on feedback from creators and viewers. This adaptive approach suggests a balanced aim: embracing AI’s potential while keeping and maintaining viewer trust.

What Else Did YouTube Bring Creators?

This isn’t YouTube’s only recent feature for creators. This comes a month after YouTube introduced a new way for creators to remix music videos on Shorts, offering an innovative avenue for user engagement with artists’ content.

As Sarah Ali, Senior Director of Product Management for YouTube Shorts, Creation & Community, puts it, “The ability to remix a music video on Shorts invites fans into a new realm of creativity, connecting them more deeply with their favourite music and artists.”

The feature allows creators to make use of sounds, engage in collaborations directly alongside original videos, use green screen effects for immersive reactions, or pick specific scenes, adding a personal touch to trending music content.