Updates to Udemy’s content policies

July 23, 2020

At Udemy, we’re committed to providing a trusted way for students around the world to pick up new skills. The Udemy community has grown immensely over the last few years, spanning tens of millions of students and instructors across more than 150 countries. As platforms of all sizes reflect on how they can build safer and more inclusive online spaces, we at Udemy have been reviewing our own policies with a similar lens. We’re taking this opportunity to update and clarify our content policies.

What’s changing?

We’re updating our Restricted Topics List to include a few content areas that have consistently produced poor or unsafe experiences for students, as indicated by student feedback. These include courses on attraction, dating, and sexual performance, as well as courses that promote disproven fringe theories, such as “flat earth” content.

We’re also updating our policy to eliminate Private Label Rights (PLR) content. In addition to student feedback on these courses, we have found that they created confusion and policy violations around our policies against duplicate content.

Lastly, we are clarifying some existing content policies, such as our policy on courses for young learners. Because Udemy is configured as a platform for adult learners — our Terms of Use require students and instructors to be at least 18 to sign up — we don’t accept content explicitly targeted towards young learners. However, courses that help parents or guardians teach or learn with younger students remain permitted.

We encourage you to review our Help Center documentation to read the full, updated policy.

What will happen to courses in these categories?

Instructors with content in affected categories will get a notification in advance of any scheduled removal, while acceptance of new courses on these topics will cease immediately. Any students already enrolled will continue to have access, but new students will not be able to enroll.

What’s next?

We’ll continue to refine and update our content policies based on feedback from students, instructors, and corporate customers. Additionally, we’ll look to add additional resources and guidance on inclusive teaching practices.

As always, we seek to be objective and data-driven in our policies, so please continue to report courses of concern through the “report abuse” button on the course landing page. If you have questions about what a policy update means for you, please reach out to [email protected] for assistance.

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