Disturbing videos appear on YouTube Kids app

Violet Tucker
Ноября 25, 2017

YouTube is taking steps to prevent disturbing videos from reaching children, after a wave of media reports showed how the platform was failing to keep inappropriate content away from youngsters.

The Google-owned company will apply machine learning technology and automated tools in order to discover potentially exploitive content. YouTube has terminated 50 channels and removed thousands of videos as also advertisements from 5,00,000 exploitive videos under the current set of guidelines. According to a BBC report, up to 100,000 predatory accounts leave indecent remarks on videos.

In a blog post, YouTube's Vice President of Product Management Johanna Wright claimed they've always taken a hard stance against child abuse on the website but they're now removing content that features any sort of child endangerment-regardless of the uploader's intent. "If they see something I cant make them unsee it, that image is stuck in their head".

Several major companies have pulled their advertising from YouTube after their ads were shown on videos of young children that had attracted scores of comments from pedophiles.

It comes after it was revealed children are being "exploited" by parents who film them in discomfort and pain. Google's algorithm would then surface the videos in Google's "child-friendly" YouTube Kids app, springing them on unsuspecting children.

"To help us better understand how to treat this content, we will be growing the number of experts we work with, and doubling the number of Trusted Flaggers we partner with in this area", the blog post reads. As was previously announced, these videos are not allowed to include advertising. "We have an iPad for our kids and they don't have access to the Internet on it, no YouTube app, only the apps I put on it".

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Despite that, it hasn't been enough to convince advertisers and concerned watchers.

"We are shocked and appalled to see that our adverts have appeared alongside such exploitative and inappropriate content", said Mars in a statement. Those videos have since been removed.

A spokesperson for Mars echoed those comments and added: "Until we have confidence that appropriate safeguards are in place, we will not advertise on YouTube and Google".

A Lidl UK spokeswoman said it was "completely unacceptable that this content is available to view, and it is, therefore, clear that the strict policies which Google has assured us were in place to tackle offensive content are ineffective".

"Government intervention is vital to protect children from the moment they sign up to social networks".

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