Improving upon the safety around minors Google has announced a few changes it is making particularly in regard to comments.
Recently, YouTube is involved in introducing changes to address public concerns around exploitation of minors, exposure to sexual predators, spreading incorrect or harmful information like anti-vaccine theories and flat-earth conspiracies.
Today, the company said, though comments are a core part of YouTube, at the same time it has decided to implement important measures for minor’s safety on its platform.
To this end, apart from reviewing and subsequently deleting countless inappropriate comments and YouTube accounts for airing minors videos, the company has shared a number of policy change around child safety on its platform.
Here is a summary of the changes:
Disabling Comments on Content Featuring Minors
YouTube disclosed that it has disabled comments on tens of millions of videos subjected to predatory behaviour over the last few weeks.
Adding, YouTube said it will identify more such videos in order to further protect underage persons from pedophilic abuse over the coming months.
Subsequently, videos featuring young, as well as older minors, will be blocked from showing comments.
However, only a select few creators will be allowed to enable comments on such videos.
The channels will be subjected to regularly monitor and moderate comments in addition to continuing using existing moderation tools provided by YouTube.
As a measure of safety and protection for young, they will also subject to “demonstrate a low risk of predatory behaviour.”
New Comments Classifier
Essentially, the classifier has been designed to detect and remove all such exploiting comments “more effective” than what they have been doing it.
Apparently, the new comment classifier more sweeping in scope will identify and delete 2X more comments.
The classifier will not affect the monetization of content in any way, says YouTube.
YouTube says it will be soon launching new comments classifier.
YouTube is also urging its community to scrutinize comments that are inappropriately sexual or predatory in nature across the platform and flag them as found.
“No form of content that endangers minors is acceptable on YouTube, which is why we have terminated certain channels that attempt to endanger children in any way.”
In addition to minors, any video that causes harm to any audience is also clearly against the policies, says YouTube.