YouTube overhauls kids app after complaints

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki

"While no system is flawless, we continue to fine-tune, rigorously test and improve our filters for this more open version of our app". To do this, parents need to go into Profile Settings and select from the collections that are available, such as Sesame Workshop and PBS KIDS. The app is now used by 11 million viewers weekly.

"Even though YouTube's terms of service say [the site] is for ages 13 and up", says Golin, "the platform is loaded with cartoons, nursery rhyme videos, toy commercials and all sorts of content for young children". He added that the YouTube Kids app was meant "to give kids around the world a place to access videos that were enriching, engaging and allowed them to explore their endless interests".

YouTube will give parents even more control over what their kids can watch on the YouTube Kids app later this year, as Beser wrote that YouTube will roll out an option that will allow parent to pick the individual videos they want their kids to be able to see on the app. All of these channels will be a verified with Google, ensuring parents know that their kids are watching safe content.

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YouTube is overhauling its kid-focused video app to give parents the option of letting humans, not computer algorithms, select what shows their children can watch. Now, YouTube is giving all parents that level of control within the app.

Photo Some content that has slipped past filters on YouTube Kids, which is supposed to contain only child-friendly content, contains well-known characters in disturbing situations.

However, inappropriate videos have repeatedly appeared on YouTube Kids.

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The automated process - one YouTube calls very thorough - can take days.

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. "And, as always, we encourage parents to block and flag videos for review that they don't think should be in the YouTube Kids app". Of those 8 million videos deleted, 6.7 million were flagged by an algorithm and rest was picked by Youtube employees that they thought were not up to the community guidelines of the Youtube.

The company continues to change its rules to crack down on the issue, but creators are constantly looking for ways to trick the system.

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