YouTube to block predatory comment sections on videos of minors
Following a detailed exposé by social media researchers/analysts, showing glaring examples of predatory comments on videos of children, YouTube has officially announced that it will turn off comments entirely on videos where it detects predatory behaviour.
Last week, videos of young children doing activities like gymnastics were being targeted by commenters making sexual comments, or inviting the children to talk. You gotta agree that’s crazy, Fureal! Some of these videos which already had hundreds of thousands or more views at the time, were removed by YouTube.
The company has declared that, although those comments have never been permissible, it has taken new steps to make sure they don’t appear on its platform. “Comments of this nature are abhorrent and we work with NCMEC to report illegal behavior to law enforcement,” the company wrote in it’s blog post.
“Starting this week we will begin taking an even more aggressive stance by turning off all comments on videos of minors where we see these types of comments.”
“These latest enforcement changes will take shape over the weeks and months ahead”
YouTube also announced several other changes it was making in response to recent criticism over how kids create and view content. The company said it was using technology to flag problematic videos more quickly, and would remove ads from “inappropriate” videos targeting families. YouTube said it will also provide new guidelines on its YouTube Kids content and will engage more experts for help.
YouTube has faced difficult questions about content targeted toward children in recent weeks, largely after a viral post exposed bizarre videos targeting child viewers. “These latest enforcement changes will take shape over the weeks and months ahead as we work to tackle this evolving challenge,” the company said.