YouTube says it will crack down on weird videos targeting children

  • YouTube says it will crack down on weird videos targeting children

YouTube says it will crack down on weird videos targeting children

YouTube Kids has over 30 billion views since its 2015 launch. Now YouTube has chose to take additional measures that age restricts this type of flagged content on its main app, which will automatically block it from slipping into the kids app, as first reported by The Verge.

Another video depicted Peppa Pig and a friend deliberately burning down a house with someone in it. In these cases our review team may place an age restriction when we're notified of the content. Age-restricted videos are not visible to users who are logged out, are under 18 years of age, or have Restricted Mode enabled.

Investigations have found reams of freaky videos depicting children's characters in morbid situations appearing on YouTube and on its children-only app, YouTube Kids.

Earlier this year, we updated our policies to make content featuring inappropriate use of family entertainment characters ineligible for monetization.

Some of the videos involved characters such as Spiderman, The Joker, Elsa from Frozen or Peppa Pig in freakish scenarios, often without any kind of context or story to them. There appears to be a lucrative business in churning out these low-quality videos, but this could remove the financial incentive for many studios.

From now on, if a video published on the main YouTube app wants to enter YouTube Kids as well, it will undergo a lot of tests before being approved. Parents have reported that the app has shown videos of popular animated characters dying in a vehicle crash, others of popular characters urinating on each other, and one of a real child apparently bleeding after her forehead was shaved, The New York Times reported.

Malik Ducard, global head of family and learning content at YouTube, downplayed the prevalence of unflagged videos slipping through YouTube's filters, telling the New York Times last week that the videos were "the extreme needle in the haystack".

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Hundreds of these disturbing videos were found on YouTube by BBC Trending back in March.

One such channel is called Little Kids TV and features a number of "childrens" videos which have racked up millions of views.

A separate video sees Peppa flying a kite with cartoon character Masha when a terrifying clown armed with a knife swoops down, puts Masha in a cage and carries her off. But YouTube is acknowledging that YouTube Kids requires even more moderation. After that, there is a team of humans that review videos which have been flagged. "But no system is flawless", Balaji Srinivasan, YouTube Kids engineering director, wrote in a blog post last week. According to The Verge, YouTube has been planning its policy shift for a while and did not enact it in response to recent coverage.