YouTube Disables Comments to Protect Minors

YouTube updated creators on changes it made to better protect minors. This followed reports that a pedophile ring was active on the video sharing site. It said that in the last week it disabled comments on videos that featured minors, launched a new comment classifier, and terminated channels that endangered children.

Disabling Comments

YouTube revealed it disabled comments “from tens of millions of videos that could be subject to predatory behavior.” This was largely on videos that featured minors. YouTube said it would broaden this action over the coming months and identify more “at risk” videos.

New Comments Classifier

YouTube said it “been working on an even more effective classifier,” to identify and remove predatory comments. It also announced that it had accelerated the launched of the new classifier, which is now active. The new classifier detects and removes twice as many individual comments than before, it claimed.

Channels Terminated

YouTube announced that channels that attempted to endanger children had been shut down. It said that “videos encouraging harmful and dangerous challenges targeting any audience are also clearly against our policies.”

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