YouTube Kids adds new controls for parents

YouTube removed 5 million inappropriate videos in three months even before anyone saw them

In controls rolling out later this year, parents will be able to manually approve individual videos or channels that their children can access through the app, giving them the ability to pre-vet and handpick a collection of videos to ensure they are appropriate. Earlier this month, it a consortium of consumer rights and privacy groups filed an FTC complaint against YouTube, alleging that its main YouTube site, not YouTube Kids, collects children's data without parental consent, in violation of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act or COPPA. The New York Times reported in the fall that children using the app had been shown videos with popular characters from Nick Jr. and Disney Junior in violent or lewd situations, and other disturbing imagery, sometimes set to nursery rhymes. "From collections of channels from trusted partners to enabling parents to select each video and channel themselves, we're putting parents in the driver's seat like never before".

With over 800 million learning video views per day, YouTube Kids is now live in 37 countries.

YouTube explained that while the algorithms can delete some content on their own, such as spam videos, it mostly forwards anything it suspects is in violation of their guidelines to human reviewers.

Even as YouTube takes stronger measures to enhance its YouTube Kids app, the service itself continues to come under fire for endangering minors. After this, the number of videos removed before they got 10 views has risen to more than half, as compared to 8% in the beginning of 2017, YouTube said in a blog post. That control extends to the search-off feature where parents can opt to exclude recommendations that haven't been vetted by the YouTube Kids team. It may be labourious, but with this new feature you'll be able to lock down what the kids are watching to only what you have pre-approved. "Throughout this year, we'll roll out a more robust suite of tools for parents to customize the YouTube Kids experience".

"For parents who like the current version of YouTube Kids and want a wider selection of content, it's still available".

Currently, children can use the app's search function to watch videos, but these videos available through search are not subject to human review, but are selected by a special algorithm trained to return appropriate results, according to YouTube.

This does not change the existing structure of the app if parents prefer that.

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