YouTube will cut off comments on videos featuring "younger minors and videos of older minors at risk of engaging in predatory behavior," according to the company. It is an effort to eradicate predatory behaviors from viewers who take brutal notes in the comments of videos with underage children.
Last week, TechCrunch confirmed reports that first appeared on Reddit about the existence of a soft-core pedophile ring communicating through YouTube's comment section and distributing videos of minors by playing the company's search algorithms.
YouTube creator Matt Watson has reported the problem in a subreddit system. He found that videos were found by children in which YouTube users acted inappropriate comments and focused on timestamps under the fold. Watson condemned the company for failing to prevent its platform from operating on an "open-level" "soft-core pedophile ring".
The reports brought several companies that advertise on YouTube (the company's main source of income) to the conviction). Disney, Fortnite maker Epic Games, McDonald's and Nestlé Foods have reportedly pulled all advertising from the site following the scandal.
"Over the past week, we've taken some steps to better protect children and children's families, including posting comments on tens of millions of videos," said a Google spokesperson in a statement emailed to TechCrunch. "Now we will post comments on most of the videos with minors, except for a small number of channels that actively moderate their comments and take additional measures to protect children. We understand that commentary is an important way for creators to build and connect with their audience. We also know that this is the right thing to do to protect the YouTube community.
The introduction of the new moderation tools will take several months, according to YouTube.
And the company has confirmed the severity of the changes and the impact they can have on YouTubers, it says it has taken action to prevent the exploitation of minors on the platform.
A small number of well-known channels will be able to sustain their commenters, but they will need to be active. Just monitor them with YouTube's own moderation tools, the company said.
YouTube is also accelerating the introduction of a new classification tool that can detect and remove twice as many commentary items as before ̵
In One A related step to protect children from hideous content, YouTube has hired the FilthyFrankClips channel and some other channels, Annel, which reportedly instructed children to cut their wrists.
First reports in the Washington Post contained clips from the channel's videos related to self-harming content, a first report in the blog, Pedimom.
As we noted in our previous coverage, YouTube was not for the first time identified as a haven for pedophiles hiding in the distance.
Already in November 2017, some major advertisers froze spending on the YouTube platform after a recent BBC and Times investigation found that similarly obscene comments on children's videos were found.
Earlier the same month, YouTube was also criticized for its low quality content aimed at children as viewers on its platform.
The Company Announced A number of policy changes related to videos that focus on children, including the statement that they aggressively monitor comments on children's videos, and videos that contain inappropriate commentary on the children, have disabled the comments altogether.
Some Videos Of YouTube's recommended young girls, they had already turned off comments, suggesting that their AI had previously identified a large number of inappropriate comments shared (due to its policy of disabling comments on clips containing children when making comments) however, the videos themselves were still suggested for display in a test search beginning with the phrase "Bikini Haul".  YouTube blogged with its creators today about the steps it has taken.