YouTube Disables Comments on Videos with Young Children

YouTube disables comments on

YouTube has a genuine crisis on its hands after it was revealed that comments on its site were being used to organise a child exploitation network.

In response, YouTube chose to combat both predatory video creators and commenters by temporarily disabling comments on tens of millions of videos featuring minors and deleting hundreds of channels.

YouTube is now banning comments on most videos featuring minors to protect them from child predators.

Deleting comments on some videos is a striking retreat for YouTube, which alone among Google properties has succeeded in building what amounts to a social media platform though its comments, bringing together like-minded users on a mass scale - something Google+ and other experiments failed to do. Though the company said it's starting with a small group, it eventually wants to open up comments again to more creators.

The platform says that it has also developed a more effective comment classifier created to pinpoint the comments that violate YouTube's policies besides "removing hundreds of millions of comments for violating our policies", a classifier which is already working behind the stage identifying and removing predatory comments from videos.

YouTube hopes that it will be able to stop any further harm by largely ending the possibility of commenting on all videos of young children, except for a few approved accounts.

The site said it has disabled comments on tens of millions of videos over the past week after a YouTube vlogger alleged he had discovered a "wormhole" into a "soft-core paedophile ring".

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It comes amid allegations of "predatory behaviour" in comments under videos featuring young people.

"We recognize that comments are a core part of the YouTube experience and how you connect with and grow your audience".

YouTube said in a statement that it works to make the videos on YouTube Kids family-friendly and takes feedback seriously, according to CNN. The videos were in the style of "Splatoon", an animated cartoon whose episodes get millions of views on YouTube.

In a statement today, YouTube said it has now blocked comments on tens of millions of videos featuring young children. YouTube also managed to generate extra revenue with "Super Chat" that users pay to display prominently with live-streamed videos.

1 News reported tonight the State Services Commission had asked government department chief executives to suspend advertising on the Google-owned video-sharing platform.

YouTube said it was "working urgently" to clean up the site. A few clicks on video results for search terms like "bikini haul" would produce a recommended section full of suggestive, provocative, and disturbing videos of minors.

So far, YouTube hasn't commented on how it'll address the accidental comment section take downs.

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