Caitlin McFall | Video Journalist
YouTube has cracked down on the comment sections of videos featuring minors in them — sort of. Many videos that have young children in them still have comment sections and are still being used to exploit children.
But something far more sinister is skating by YouTubes algorithms: advertisements for child pornography.
After vlogger Matt Watson released a video that showed how the comment section of videos with minors in them was being used to exploit children, YouTube was forced to take a stance. In March, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said, “We are no longer going to allow comments on videos that are featuring young minors and older minors that are engaged in risky behavior.”
YouTube later clarified that “A small number of creators will be able to keep comments enabled on these types of videos. These channels will be required to actively moderate their comments, beyond just using our moderation tools, and demonstrate a low risk of predatory behavior.”
YouTube said that measures are being taken to eliminate comments from videos featuring minors, but this is an effort that will take several months. There is not a hard deadline for when this will be completed at this point. (RELATED: YouTubes New Content Guideline Would Likely Have Banned People From Criticizing Smolletts Accusations)
But the problem is far beyond the comment sections. In a research effort to follow up on how YouTube was tracking these comments, TheRead More – Source[contf] [contfnew]