YouTube suspends comments on videos of kids

YouTube suspends comments on videos of kids

YouTube suspends comments on videos of kids

But YouTube updated its original statement to make clear that historically predatory channels will lose comment privileges once and for all.

Just last week, YouTube disabled hundreds of accounts following the decision of multiple companies to pull their ads from the platform after Wired reported that a network of pedophiles was searching for and posting inappropriate comments on videos of children with hundreds of thousands or millions of views.

YouTube says it will turn off comments on most videos that feature kids. The platform will allow a small number of creators that have this type of content to keep their comments on, but they will be required to "actively moderate" the channel and show that their videos are at low risk of attracting such comments. Many creators use the comments sections of their videos to interact with their followers, and for some, comments are the most interactive part of their YouTube channels.

"This classifier does not affect the monetization of your video", the service added in its note to YouTube video creators.

Companies including Nestle and Fortnite maker Epic Games suspended advertising on the video site in the wake of the claims pending investigations.

Additionally, YouTube said it intends to take action on creators who cause "egregious harm" to the community. It didn't quell fears when YouTube limited the ads running over some videos featuring minors as well.

What do YouTubers think of the changes?

"Over the past week, we disabled comments from tens of millions of videos that could be subject to predatory behavior". Experts in these technologies say they work well with some readily identifiable images, such as those of nude people or known terrorist symbols.

Since the video blogger documented how pedophiles shared time stamps of sexually suggestive moments, a parent in Florida found that a clip explaining how to commit suicide had been spliced into children's videos on YouTube and YouTube Kids, an app specifically designed for children. "But that begs the question as to why YouTube, if it is detecting exploitative behavior on a particular video, isn't having the video manually reviewed by a human and deleting the video outright".

"Any content - including comments - that endangers minors is abhorrent and we have clear policies prohibiting this on YouTube", the company said earlier this week in a statement. However, with the sheer amount of video content uploaded to YouTube every day, disabling comments as the default on every clip featuring a minor seems like a daunting task.

Hess, a pediatrician, put out a call to action to different groups to report the video to get it removed from the site.

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