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YouTube Targets Inappropriate Videos for Kids

Dave Parrack 23-11-2017

YouTube has a new problem to solve, and this time it involves inappropriate or exploitative videos aimed at children. YouTube is taking steps to tackle the problem, and it’s starting by removing dozens of channels and thousands of videos from the site. However, there’s more work to be done.

Since its earliest days YouTube has had to stop people uploading videos they shouldn’t be uploading. At one time this was all about piracy and porn, but content creators have moved on a little since then. Now, it’s a strange mix of videos either aimed at or starring children.

Exploiting Children for Clicks

There are two types of videos worrying YouTube users who have noticed the phenomenon. The first are videos in which adults get children to do strange and unusual things. And the second are videos in which pop culture characters are animated to engage in bizarre and inappropriate acts.

This problem has been reported by several online publications, including Medium, BuzzFeed, The New York Times, and Mashable. And YouTube is now taking action to address these concerns, and stop similar videos surfacing in the future. All of which was detailed on the Official YouTube Blog.

First, YouTube is removing “content featuring minors that may be endangering a child, even if that was not the uploader’s intent”. It’s also removing ads from any “content depicting family entertainment characters engaged in violent, offensive, or otherwise inappropriate behavior”.

It’s also “blocking inappropriate comments on videos featuring minors”, and even “turning off all comments on videos of minors”. YouTube is also planning to “release a comprehensive guide on how creators can make enriching family content” for the redesigned YouTube Kids YouTube Kids Tries to Make Parents' Lives Easier YouTube is making a few changes to the YouTube Kids app. All of which are designed to help make parents' lives easier. Read More .

Mo Videos, Mo Problems

YouTube has faced intense criticism this year for its all-or-nothing approach to monetization These YouTubers Are Earning Millions: What's Their Secret? Here is a list of the biggest channels on YouTube and how they got to be so popular. Who know, perhaps you'll learn the secret to making it big on YouTube. Read More , with some YouTubers seeing their earnings completely dry up as a result. However, this just shows how difficult it is to police a platform on which 300 hours of video is uploaded every minute.

Have you ever seen a video on YouTube that has set alarm bells off in your head? If so, did you report the content? Or just assume someone else would? What do you think of the channels exploiting children for entertainment? Please let us know in the comments below.

Related topics: Online Video, Parenting and Technology, YouTube.

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  1. John S
    November 25, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Of course, YouTube will manage this in their typical ham-fisted way. Those 70-year-old black & white documentaries that dare depict children riding a bike without a helmet? Gone! Another Thought Crime erased from history by the Ministry of Information. Meanwhile, children will still be exposed to harmful leftist dogma celebrating their 64 imaginary genders.

  2. neoalfa
    November 24, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    I think that no video depicting people being harmed or humiliated (regardless of age) should be monetized, unless it's clearly for the sake of news reporting. It could easily follow guidelines similar to those of Fair Use of Content.

    Basically, unless there's some commentary illustrating what, where, who, why and when it should not be a way to make money.

  3. dragonmouth
    November 24, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    Philosophically, I agree with the YouTube action. However, I want to know who will be making the decisions on what is and is not "inappropriate", and what criteria will they be using. Trying to define "inappropriate" is like trying to nail jello to the wall. "I can't define it but I'll know it when I see it" just does not cut it because it is vague, depends on personal biases and can and will be manipulated to suit agendas. A religious fundamentalist has a different definition of "inappropriate" than a libertine. History is full of examples where the pursuit of "inappropriate" has led to severe oppression and persecution.

  4. Bob Jacob
    November 24, 2017 at 1:36 am

    I keep getting signed out and have do the retyping of email and password using th tv typing, any solution to staying signed on? When we used TiVo we stayed signed on for many months.