YouTube giving parents more control over its Kids app

YouTube removed 5 million inappropriate videos in three months even before anyone saw them

YouTube removed almost 8.3 million videos from its platform between October and December 2017 as they violated its content policy.

About 1.6 million videos were removed after users, activist organisations or governments flagged them.

Following India in the tally are US, Brazil, Russia, Germany, UK, Mexico, Turkey, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia.

The video site revealed the information in its first quarterly YouTube Community Guidelines Report, which it is producing as part of its efforts to clamp down on content that violates its policies. The Google subsidiary announced that it removed about 8.3 million videos during the fourth quarter of a year ago, many of which were flagged before they gained tractions.

While the Google-owned company did not disclose details about the number of users flagging content like pornography, incitement to violence, harassment, or hate speech, it ranked India at the top in terms of total volume.


In a company blog post, YouTube said that starting this week, it will give parents the ability choose to give their children access to a group of "trusted channels" as opposed to the entire swath of videos available on the YouTube Kids app. Parents will be able to turn off the search feature in the app, which will then only provide access to content that is recommended by the trusted video channels.

According to The Guardian, YouTube is one of several internet-based companies facing pressure from "national governments" to remove videos containing extremist or abusive content.

Nearly 31% of all videos flagged by humans are reported as having sexual content, 26% are tagged misleading or spam, and about 16% are reported as hateful or abusive.

"We rely on teams from around the world to review flagged videos and remove content that violates our terms; restrict videos (e.g, age-restrict content that may not be appropriate for all audiences); or leave the content live when it doesn't violate our guidelines", YouTube said.

When flagging a video, human flaggers can select a reason they are reporting the video and leave comments or video timestamps for YouTube's reviewers.

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