YouTube blocks comments on videos of children

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According to a blog post, YouTube will suspend comments on videos that feature minors that "could be at risk of attracting predatory behavior".

In a statement on its "Creator Blog" on Thursday, Google-owned YouTube said "the important steps we're sharing today are critical for keeping young people safe".

The online platform, which has billions of video views on a weekly basis, will roll the measure out more fully to all videos "featuring young minors and videos featuring older minors that could be at risk of attracting predatory behaviour". However, it remains unclear if YouTube's new policy means it will automatically disable the comments section on newly posted videos featuring minors or if it will retroactively disable comments on existing videos. Only a small number of channels with videos of kids will be able to keep comments on and will have to actively monitor them.

It claims the new classifier will be able to detect and remove twice as many comments as the algorithm now used.

That has led some creators to label the incident "Adpocalypse 2" - and they vented their anger at both YouTube for its approach and Watson for the way in which he raised the issue.

The move was announced as part of an effort to crack down on "predatory behaviour" targeting children on the world's most used video site. YouTube responded to the backlash by deleting the offending comments as well as the associated accounts. But YouTube updated its original statement to make clear that historically predatory channels will lose comment privileges once and for all.

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Singh, a former Army chief, expressed his difference with Yeddyurappa on the issue. The whole country has welcomed this and so have the opposition parties.

This move comes off a number of global reports exposing paedophilic content contained within the comments of videos that are targeted at minors.

Some creators are concerned that being forced to disable comments on their videos will affect the growth of their channels.

YouTube is grappling with moderating content on its site as concerns ranging from conspiracy theories to violence continue to plague it. In others, they simply sent one another to videos that showed children performing gymnastics, eating or playing with makeup. But first-time vlogging parents will likely be unable to use the comments section to grow a following.

Why it matters: After an exposé video by Matt Watson went viral, YouTube has taken several measures to curbs pedophiles from exploiting the platform - a problem that has pervaded the service since at least 2017.

What else is YouTube doing to protect children?

"My research has led me into a horrifying world where people create cartoons glorifying unsafe topics and scenarios such self-harm, suicide, sexual exploitation, trafficking, domestic violence, sexual abuse, and gun violence which includes a simulated school shooting", wrote blogger Dr.

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