YouTube Kids Gives Parents Even More Control Over What Their Kids Watch

YouTube removed 5 million inappropriate videos in three months even before anyone saw them

Dado Ruvic Reuters

The first new option will see the creation of trusted channels with trusted partners on a variety of subjects, making it easier for parents to select only the channel collections and topics they want their kids to access. The videos are reviewed by machine learning algorithms to determine whether or not they are appropriate for the app.

A mechanism that, when a parent turns off the app's search function, limits clips to those verified by the YouTube KIds team.

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This means any video uploaded to YouTube can also appear on YouTube Kids if the company's algorithms decide it is suitable. The updated tools arrive after a controversy dubbed 'Elsagate' emerged late past year, during which a slew of inappropriate videos were discovered to be targeting children, leading to a purge of channels amid outcry by advertisers and a pledge on YouTube's part to do better. Rumours of a hand-curated YouTube Kids app surfaced earlier this month, and now Google and YouTube have announced more controls for parents to restrict what videos and channels their kids are watching, including limiting them to hand-curated content. Now, YouTube is giving all parents that level of control within the app.

YouTube hit a rough patch in late 2017, with advertisers pulling away from the service after news reports showed child predators using videos of young children as de facto chat rooms and after outcry over YouTube creators using children's characters like Elsa from Frozen or Nickelodeon's Peppa Pig and splicing in non-kid friendly language and themes. It's a side effect of the way YouTube Kids finds its videos. But parents started to notice that violent videos were able to pass through its filter, too.

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About 1.6 million videos were removed after users, activist organisations or governments flagged them.

The number is likely lower than the total volume of content removed, as Facebook also removes profiles, pages and groups that violate community standards and does not go through that content to label it as terrorism-related after it has been taken down, it said. These videos have included Spiderman urinating on Frozen's Elsa, Peppa Pig drinking bleach, and Micky Mouse getting run over by a auto.

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The changes announced Wednesday provide "a more robust suite of tools for parents to customize the YouTube Kids experience", James Beser, product director for the platform, said in a statement.

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