After its indication earlier this month that it would restrict terrorist’s videos on their platform, YouTube has followed it by enforcing its guidelines for videos aimed at children. Google’s video unit made this statement late on Wednesday. This statement was in response to criticism faced by the company with allegations that they had failed to protect children from adult content.
Within the span of 6 months, YouTube has eliminated over 50 user channels and stopped running ads on over 3.5 million videos. This was revealed by the vice president of YouTube Johanna Wright in her blog post.
Wright stated that “Across the board, we have scaled up resources to ensure that thousands of people are working around the clock to monitor, review and make the right decisions across our ads and content policies. These latest enforcement changes will take shape over the weeks and months ahead as we work to tackle this evolving challenge.”
YouTube is currently one of Google’s fastest-growing units as it allows videos to be shared online without much restrictions on the content.
The open nature of their service has become a thing of concern for parents, regulators, advertisers and law enforcement. They have suggested that Google does more to ensure that they banish and restrict access to inappropriate videos. The restrictions and banishment of videos are very specific for religious extremists and Russia or comedy skits that appear to show children being forcibly drowned.
The campaign for restricting video contents for kids gathered momentum over the past two weeks with reports coming out from Buzzfeed and NYT pointing out clips that aren’t supposed to be for kids.
This doesn’t stop there as there is a forum on Reddit internet platform called ElsaGate which has become a forum filled with problematic videos. The actions of YouTube were being supported as there are several blog posts and forums showing their support to the video platform, some commenting that the vetting must be extended to other areas too.
YouTube’s VP Wright further stated that “a growing trend around content on YouTube that attempts to pass as family-friendly, but is clearly not” for the new efforts “to remove them from YouTube.”
The process of removal has to begin with review requests from users, then a panel of experts followed by an automated computer program that helps its moderators know videos worth removing.