What YouTube needs to do to clean up its thorny kid issues


The Google-owned property wants to be a safe haven for advertisers to reach young viewers, primarily, with its mix of original videos and a library with virtually anything ever recorded on video.

Yet once again, YouTube found itself under scrutiny this week for more abuses. Seemingly innocent videos of young girls doing gymnastics were hijacked by adult viewers commenting with time stamps and links to child pornography videos elsewhere on the web.

So after being outed by YouTuber Matt Watson expressing his rage and losing top advertisers like Disney, AT&T, Epic Games and others in response, YouTube said it would change its ways, and disable commenting on any video involving children.

Is that enough to turn the ship around and stop the abuse? This is just the latest, following years of conspiracy theorists posting videos suggesting, for instance, that a Florida high school shooting never really happened, which made it to the top of YouTube’s Trending recommendation engine. The last big snafu with kid videos was in 2017, when another blogger noticed that people were re-splicing videos aimed at children and inserting in sexual and violent content.

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