Last week we rolled out a change to enable YouTube’s new restricted mode for all RM broadband and RM SafetyNet customers, as part of continued investment in RM SafetyNet during an exciting time for the product. For this particular feature though, we have decided to rollback this change to facilitate a growing request from customers to disable the mode. The rollback will take place this evening. More details below:
YouTube restricted mode is a network-wide setting that disables comments & hides inappropriate videos based on Google’s filters, and our implementation of this has come about because we’re applying their recommended method for preventing access to adult videos.
For a variety of reasons customers may want to disable this mode and whilst Google themselves offer guidance on how to do this ( https://support.google.com/a/answer/6208228
), we recognise now that customers would benefit from the ability to disable this with greater ease.
We maintain that implementing the ability to enable YouTube restricted mode is a positive step forward in providing Schools with a safe and secure online experience, but customers can expect us to be back with clear communication and guidance on the matter before re-releasing the feature.