YouTube to Block Comments on Most Videos Showing Minors

YouTube says they are beginning a global rollout of disabling comments on videos that include minors

YouTube will disable comments on most videos that include children 13 and younger after coming under fire for failing to keep paedophiles from posting suggestive remarks on such videos, the company said Thursday.

Suspending comments from the videos will happen over the next several months.

"These efforts are focused on videos featuring young minors and we will continue to identify videos at risk over the next few months", it said.

It follows a decision by the site to disable comments on "tens of millions" of videos they believed could be putting children at risk. As documented in his February 17 video, members of what Watson called a "soft-core pedophilia ring" made sexualized comments about the girls tagged with timestamps identifying moments when the kids were in certain poses.

While some select creators will still be able to retain comments on their videos, they will have to monitor their comments rigorously for nefarious comments, and "demonstrate a low risk of predatory behavior".

YouTube is also launching a new "classifier" that the company said is twice as effective in weeding out comments that violate YouTube's policies.

YouTube previously announced that it had banned 400 users' accounts and deleted millions of comments in response to the news. YouTube's algorithm would then recommend users who viewed those videos more footage featuring children. The Times of London exposed this problem clear back in 2017. The company removed numerous videos last week and said it had deleted tens of millions of comments. "Nothing is more important to us than ensuring the safety of young people on the platform". It comes after reports that predators were allegedly using YouTube's comment section to share timestamps of when children were in compromising positions.

YouTube also terminated certain YouTube channels that were attempting to endanger children.

"My research has led me into a horrifying world where people create cartoons glorifying risky topics and scenarios such self-harm, suicide, sexual exploitation, trafficking, domestic violence, sexual abuse, and gun violence which includes a simulated school shooting", wrote blogger Dr.

Today, YouTube outlined its plan for future action.

Deleting comments on some videos is a striking retreat for YouTube, which alone among Google properties has succeeded in building what amounts to a social media platform though its comments, bringing together like-minded users on a mass scale - something Google+ and other experiments failed to do.

1 News reported tonight the State Services Commission had asked government department chief executives to suspend advertising on the Google-owned video-sharing platform.

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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