In the wake of YouTube recently coming under fire for some of its questionable kids programs and banning over 50 channels, like ToyFreaks, the company has decided to make some changes in order to ensure the safety of its youngest viewers.
YouTube’s Vice President of Product Management, Johanna Wright, recently posted on the company’s blog five major changes that are underway to make the platform safer for kids. Here are the steps YouTube is vowing to take:
1. Tougher application of our Community Guidelines and faster enforcement through technology. This includes measures like restricting access to content that features kid-specific characters used in adult themes and removing any content that depicts kids in danger.
2. Removing ads from inappropriate videos targeting families. Since the summer they’ve already removed over three million ads under this policy.
3. Blocking inappropriate comments on videos featuring minors. They will be taking a harder stance by turning off comments completely for kids videos if they see those types of comments popping up.
4. Providing guidance for creators who make family-friendly content. They will be releasing a guide to content makers who create kids videos.
5. Engaging and learning from experts. YouTube realizes that some videos still fall under a grey area, like animated shows made for adults, and are enlisting experts to figure out how to handle those cases.
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