YouTube Kids adding human curated channel collections, more parental restrictions

YouTube Kids adding human curated channel collections, more parental restrictions

YouTube Kids adding human curated channel collections, more parental restrictions

"By the end of the year, we plan to refine our reporting systems and add additional data, including data on comments, the speed of removal, and policy removal reasons." .

Starting this week, parents will be able to choose from a selection of "trusted" channels if they don't want their kids to have access to the broad selection of content on Kids. The videos are reviewed by machine learning algorithms to determine whether or not they are appropriate for the app.

Earlier this year some of you told us you'd seen videos on the app, and on YouTube Kids, that anxious you.

YouTube now uses algorithms to decide which videos can appear on YouTube Kids. This means that the app will not serve video recommendations from other video channels as part of the YouTube Kids section. But parents have discovered a range of inappropriate videos on the app, highlighting the platform's dependence on automation and a lack of human oversight. With advertising sold to reach young children, YouTube "knows children are there". For those parents who want even more control over the videos and channels in the YouTube Kids app, we're rolling out a feature later this year that will allow parents to specifically handpick every video and channel available to their child in the app.

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However, inappropriate videos have repeatedly appeared on YouTube Kids. But parents started to notice that violent videos were able to pass through its filter, too. Unfortunately, those algorithms charged with policing content have occasionally failed, with Google now launching a more heavily curated section of the app that only displays human-approved videos.

The Google-owned platform pulled down 8.3 million videos between October and December 2017, with more than half of the problem posts being spam or sexual content. While YouTube has yet to formally respond, complaints such as this also bring to light potential COPPA loopholes that could give the likes of YouTube a free pass. These videos have included Spiderman urinating on Frozen's Elsa, Peppa Pig drinking bleach, and Micky Mouse getting run over by a auto.

For the first time, parents can now control what their children watch on YouTube "Kids" app, as YouTube bows to pressure from consumer advocacy and privacy groups.

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