Why YouTube Is Disabling Comments on Videos Featuring Children | NowThis

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YouTube is disabling comments on videos featuring children, after a YouTuber alerted users to a pedophile ring on the platform.
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YouTube will disable comments on videos featuring children. The video platform announced the move on its creator blog on February 28 after a number of controversies involving children’s safety.

‘Over the past week, we’ve been taking a number of steps to better protect children and families, including suspending comments on tens of millions of videos. Now, we will begin suspending comments on most videos that feature minors, with the exception of a small number of channels that actively moderate their comments and take additional steps to protect children.’
YouTube Spokesperson to Mashable

On Feb 20, YouTube took action to ban and disable comments on tens of millions of videos after YouTuber Matt Watson posted a video altering other users to a pedophile ring operating on the platform which had been commenting on videos featuring children dancing or in states of undress, and manipulating YouTube’s algorithm to surface more and more videos featuring minors . Advertisers like Epic Games & Nestle had begun pulling their ads from YouTube after the discovery

‘We understand that comments are an important way creators build and connect with their audiences, we also know that this is the right thing to do to protect the YouTube community.’ — YT spox to Mashable.

In addition to changing its comment policies, YouTube has also taken steps to ban accounts that splice violent or adult content into videos otherwise aimed at kids. YouTube also announced that it sped up the launch of a classifier which can remove 2x the amount of predatory comments than before.

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