YouTube cracks down on child-exploitation videos and comments

YouTube cracks down on child-exploitation videos and comments

At the time, YouTube removed several of the videos provided by The Verge, some of which had hundreds of thousands or more views.

Removing ads from inappropriate videos that target families: According to YouTube, 3 million ads that target families have been removed since it updated its advertiser-friendly policy in June.

ABOUT 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute and nearly five billion videos are watched on the platform every single day.

Cracking down on abuse and child-exploiting channels and videos, YouTube on Wednesday announced it will remove content on the platform that attempts to pass as being "friendly for kids".

YouTube has announced a plan to implement stricter controls on videos that show child endangerment. "It's not always clear that the uploader of the content intends to break our rules, but we may still remove their videos to help protect viewers, uploaders and children".

In addition, the company will apply "machine learning technology and automated tools" in order to discover potentially exploitive content, as well as more human oversight.

The Buzzfeed report emerged after an activist called Matan Uziel complained about a severe lack of action from the platform after reporting "tens of thousands of videos available on YouTube that we know are crafted to serve as eye candy for perverted, creepy adults". The list of banned channels includes Toy Freaks, a controversial collection of skits that had 8.5 million subscribers before its termination. On top of this, the video sharing site will begin turning off all comments on videos of minors if people start posting inappropriate messages, rather than simply removing the bad ones.

"Comments of this nature are abhorrent and we work with NCMEC to report illegal behavior to law enforcement".

YouTube has been hit with a wave of surreal and inappropriate videos targeting kids lately, and though the videos have become an internet mystery of sorts, YouTube is taking decisive action against the videos and their creators that implies that the video giant is content to leave the mystery unsolved, as long as the videos are gone. Similarly, an adult dressed as a popular family character could be questionable content for some audiences, but could also be meant for adults recorded at a comic book convention.

"We're wholly committed to addressing these issues and will continue to invest the engineering and human resources needed to get it right", Wright concluded. "As a parent and as a leader in this organisation, I'm determined that we do".