YouTube Implements Compulsory Disclosure for AI-Generated Content

Tech News March 19, 2024
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  1. Requirements for Disclosure Labeling
  2. Instances Where Disclosure Is Not Required
  3. Implementation and Application
  4. FAQ

YouTube recently unveiled a novel feature within Creator Studio, necessitating creators to divulge instances where their videos incorporate authentic-looking content fashioned or manipulated by artificial intelligence (AI).

According to YouTube’s declaration:

“Viewers increasingly want more transparency about whether the content they’re seeing is altered or synthetic.”

In response to this burgeoning expectation, YouTube is enforcing a requirement for creators to notify their audience whenever a video showcases content that closely resembles a genuine individual, location, or occurrence, yet has been crafted or edited using generative AI or similar synthetic media techniques.

Requirements for Disclosure Labeling

The disclosures will be presented as labels either within the expanded description section or directly on the video player.

YouTube mandates creators to label AI-generated videos

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YouTube is confident that this fresh labeling approach will "enhance transparency with viewers and foster trust between creators and their audience."

  • Instances where disclosure is necessary include:
  • Modifying a video digitally to swap one person's face with another's.
  • Generating a synthetic voice to narrate.
  • Editing footage of real events or locations to create an altered portrayal.
  • Crafting lifelike scenes depicting fictional pivotal events.

Instances Where Disclosure Is Not Required

YouTube understands that creators utilize generative AI in various productive ways, such as generating scripts, content ideas, or automatic captions, and will not mandate disclosure for these purposes. Additionally, disclosing unrealistic or inconsequential changes, such as color adjustments, lighting filters, special effects, or beauty filters, is not necessary.

Implementation and Application

The rollout of the labels will commence across all YouTube platforms and formats in the upcoming weeks, initially debuting on the mobile app and gradually extending to desktop and TV interfaces. While creators will have a transitional period to adapt, YouTube might introduce enforcement measures for persistent non-disclosure of AI-generated content. In specific cases where altered or synthetic content could cause confusion, YouTube may apply labels independently of creator disclosure. YouTube is also enhancing its privacy procedures to enable individuals to request the removal of AI-generated or synthetic content featuring identifiable persons, including their facial features or voice.

To sum up

In response to viewers' expectations for transparency, marketers need to openly acknowledge the use of AI-generated content to maintain credibility on YouTube. Though AI offers significant potential for content creation, marketers should aim for a blend of AI's strengths and human input to ensure a well-rounded approach.


What effect does YouTube's updated policy regarding disclosure of AI-generated content have on content creators?

  • Content creators are required to reveal any AI-generated or substantially modified content mimicking real-life scenarios. 
  • Disclosure labels will be placed in video descriptions or directly on the player. Failure to comply may lead to enforcement action by YouTube.

What exceptions exist regarding YouTube's compulsory disclosure of AI-generated content?

  • Content created with AI for unrealistic or animated purposes, such as special effects or production assistance, is exempt from disclosure.
  • This includes minor alterations like color correction, lighting filters, or beautification enhancements.