YouTube is reportedly considering fundamental changes to its platform as it continues to face backlash over child safety

Business Insider | 6/19/2019 | Kevin Webb
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YouTube is considering new strategies in response to ongoing concerns about child safety on the massive video platform.

Both Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal report that YouTube executives are considering moving all children's content to YouTube Kids, the platform's secondary app.

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While YouTube Kids has existed since 2015, a majority of children use the regular YouTube app to access the platform.

YouTube will also consider disabling automatic video recommendations for children's videos.

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New reports indicate that YouTube's executives are considering fundamental changes to the video platform to help create a healthier environment for children.

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Both Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal report that YouTube will consider shifting all children's content to YouTube Kids, a secondary app with increased moderation. YouTube will also consider disabling the platform's recommendation feature for children's programming.

The site had been criticized for automatically steering both kids and adults towards inappropriate or radical content, since the feature normally starts playing a new video seconds after a chosen video ends. Recommend videos are based on the viewer's habits and prior videos watched.

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This year, YouTube has already removed more than 800,000 videos that violated its child safety policies, but some of the platform's essential features, like the automatic recommendations, have undermined the company's own safety initiatives.

In February, Wired reported that a "network of pedophiles" was using YouTube to find videos that showed children in varying states of undress. Many of the videos were seemingly harmless, showing kids practicing gymnastics or playing in the pool. But these users left time stamps in the comment sections of those videos to mark moments were children's genitals were exposed, betraying their intentions.

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As more viewers left comments, these seemingly harmless home videos eventually gained thousands, and in some...
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