Minor YouTubers: Labor law is moving slowly

5.92 million subscribers and over 6.5 billion cumulative views on their YouTube channel – Swan and Neo are internet stars. On YouTube, they are even far ahead of the famous influencers Hugo Décrypte or Angèle. The two brothers are only 10 and 16 years old. Swan and Neo are far from the only minor influencers. For Thomas Rohmer, director of the Observatory on Parenting and Digital Education, professional YouTuber children do masked jobs. His association raised the alarm at the end of 2010. “On some channels the children spent many hours filming, up to 37 20-minute videos a month, remember. It was not a leisure activity at all. Paid free time does not exist. It’s a job. “Result: in 2020 a law was passed to regulate child labor online … But the first implementing decree arrives only on April 28, 2022, and still awaiting a second decree For minor YouTubers, the road to work the law is still long.

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“This first decree is a relief”, breathes Bruno Studer, deputy of La République en Marche who brought the text to the National Assembly. The deputy justifies the fluctuating period: «Whoever says internet, says navigating between national and international law. The boundary between private space and public space is also cleared. These are very complex subjects, which require time. “The same story also for Thomas Rohmer, who is currently working with the administration on the drafting of the second implementing decree:” France is a pioneer on these issues. . We clean up the patches and groping about them to avoid talking big nonsense. “The platforms that host the influencers do not facilitate the work of the administration, according to the child and digital specialist:” They say that ‘they have no statistics, while we know very well that they have them. “.

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