YouTube STILL struggles to disable responses to videos with young children, reports show
- CNET's report has discovered more than 100 videos & # 39; s of children with responses enabled
- This comes about six months after YouTube said it would disable the feature
- The company says it's the responses to & # 39; hundreds of millions & # 39; & # 39; s has suspended
It's been half a year since YouTube announced it would disable video & # 39; s with minors responses due to concerns about predatory activity on the site.
But, as an investigation CNET has revealed, many such videos are still to be found with comments enabled – including one with nearly 23 million views.
YouTube says it is actively working to disable comments on these videos and has since suspended the feature on 48 of the approximately 100 videos that CNET has discovered after being notified of their existence.
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Despite the efforts to make their content safer for children, the problem remains complex and is likely to continue to be a constant challenge as Google works to make its algorithms more accurate. Photo file
Google relies largely on machine learning to remove responses to video & # 39; s from children 13 years and younger.
However, the new report shows that the site still has a long way to go.
According to CNET, more than 100 videos with young children were found to have triggered responses, and that is only from one search.
YouTube has been notified of the ongoing problem.
"We are investing heavily in the teams and technologies with which we can offer minors and families the best possible protection," YouTube spokesman Ivy Choi told CNET.
"We have suspended responses to hundreds of millions of videos with minors in risky situations and implemented a classifier that helps us remove twice the number of violent responses.
"We continue to disable responses to hundreds of thousands of videos & # 39; s a day and improve our ratings."
YouTube first announced the decision to disable responses to video & # 39; s with minors in February following allegations of child exploitation.
At the time, the site said that comments are a & # 39; core part of the YouTube experience & # 39; but noted that removing the & # 39; function would be crucial to keeping young people safe & # 39 ;.
& # 39; These efforts are focused on videos with young minors and we will continue to identify risky videos in the coming months, YouTube said in February.
& # 39; … We will broaden this action to suspend responses to video & # 39; s with young minors and video & # 39; s with older minors who may be at risk of attracting predatory behavior. & # 39 ;
Despite the efforts, the problem remains complex and likely to continue to pose a challenge as Google makes its algorithms more precise.
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