YouTube cracking down on child endangerment videos

25 November, 2017, 01:22 | Author: Valerie Burke
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YouTube has "expanded its enforcement guidelines" concerning the removal of content featuring minors "that may be endangering a child, even if that was not the uploader's intent", Johanna Wright, vice president of product management said in a statement.

YouTube said it has deleted at least 50 channels and removed thousands of videos in the past couple of weeks in support of the new tougher guidelines.

Video-streaming giant YouTube is moving to crackdown on videos that depict children in disturbing situations. These videos will be removed and the comment space blocked.

Several big-name brands including food companies Mars (M&Ms, Snickers) and Mondelez (Oreos, Cadbury), Diageo (Guinness, Smirnoff vodka, Johnnie Walker scotch whisky), and German retail chain Lidl pulled their advertising from YouTube upon learning their ads ran alongside the videos, The Times first reported.

Mars said: "We are shocked and appalled to see that our adverts have appeared alongside such exploitative and inappropriate content".

Amid this report, YouTube promised to release a more comprehensive guide for family-friendly content, saying that it will employ the help of more industry experts to help their team better understand what is suitable for the whole family and what is not.

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Concerns about children's videos gained new force in the last two weeks after reports in BuzzFeed and the New York Times and an online essay by British writer James Bridle pointed out questionable clips.

Google and YouTube are under fire once more this week as a BBC investigation revealed that across YouTube, videos of minors and children were found plagued with lewd comments from predatory commenters and strangers.

YouTube also said Wednesday that they've strengthened their algorithms to demonetize an additional 3 million videos that featured family-friendly characters (e.g. cartoons) engaging in violent, sexual or other offensive behavior. The media outlet also contacted YouTube regarding some of its verified accounts featuring such videos, each of which allegedly had millions of subscribers.

The platform has seen an increase in the number of channels on which such videos are posted. It also moved to add warnings to extremist videos and prevented comments on them as a way to make the videos harder to find. The children are frightened, tied or forced to do some action.

A spokesperson for YouTube said: "There shouldn't be any ads running on this content and we are working urgently to fix this".



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