YouTube Disables Comments on Any Video of a Child


YouTube has disabled comments for any video feature a minor child after being accused of aiding “pedophiles” in the comments sections.

The Internet video giant made the move saying that it hoped to stop “predatory behavior,” The Hill reported.

“Over the past week, we disabled comments from tens of millions of videos that could be subject to predatory behavior,” YouTube wrote in a statement. “These efforts are focused on videos featuring young minors and we will continue to identify videos at risk over the next few months.”

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The video service said that some creators will be allowed to keep comments enabled on videos featuring minors, but they will be closely scrutinized.

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“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 continued. “We will work with them directly and our goal is to grow this number over time as our ability to catch violative comments continues to improve.”

The move comes after a group of advertisers pulled ads from YouTube citing the service’s refusal to work to stop predatory behavior.

As The Hill reported:

The boycott came after YouTuber Matt Watson uploaded a video explaining how YouTube comment sections are used to identify and share exploitative videos of young girls. A group was using the platform to post comments on videos of young girls, referring one another to certain freeze-frames. According to subsequent reports, YouTube’s algorithm led the ring’s members from one video of young girls to the next.

Companies including Nestle, “Fortnite” creator Epic Games, AT&T, Kellogg and others pulled their ads from the platform after it was discovered that those ads were appearing alongside some of the targeted videos.

YouTube also launched a new algorithm to delete suspect comments.

Follow Warner Todd Huston on Twitter @warnerthuston.

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