YouTube is an online video sharing service that can be accessed from both desktop and mobile devices. It was launched and posted its first video in 2005. The video, named ‘Me at the Zoo’, has over 237,000,000 views.
YouTube continues to influence the way we create, consume, and share all forms of visual media content.
The rise of mobile technology has changed how we consume video-based entertainment. YouTube has become a broadcasting network in its own right and for many young people, their broadcaster of choice.
The platform has given birth to a new wave of stars: vloggers, comedians, artists, and ‘influencers’ (called YouTubers) who have created their own channels, many of which have massive numbers of subscribers generating millions of views per day. YouTube stars make money from ad-revenue and some are paid to endorse products via testimonials or adverts on their own channel.
YouTube’s rules (Terms and Conditions of Service) require users to be 13 or older to use the app. However, users can input a false date of birth to bypass these restrictions.
If users are under 13, they can use YouTube Kids.