YouTube Kids has previously come under fire for failing to curate content on the platform correctly, Business Insider reported previous year that conspiracy theory videos were prominent on the platform. "Every quarter, we remove millions of videos and channels that violate our policies and we remove the majority of these videos before they have any views".
Recently, Hess said she saw the video again, this time on YouTube. Midway through a seemingly harmless video, a spliced video of a man wearing a pair of dark glasses pops up saying, "Remember kids!" Hess, from Ocala, Fla., has been blogging about the altered videos and working to get them taken down amid an outcry from parents and child health experts, who say such visuals can be damaging to children. "We have strict policies that prohibit videos which promote self-harm", said YouTube spokesperson Andrea Faville, explaining that the site relies on user flagging and smart detection technology for inappropriate content. She said such videos can cause children to have nightmares, trigger bad memories about people close to them who have killed themselves or even encourage them to try it, though some of them may be too young to understand the consequences.
However, YouTube kids has a history of letting disturbing and violent videos slipping past its algorithms. YouTube also attempted to crack down on these videos following a number of reports about the videos.
A pediatrician made a disturbing discovery: videos targeting children on YouTube and YouTube Kids that include tips on how to commit suicide. "Unlike YouTube itself, YouTube Kids is supposed to be specifically FOR kids", Dr. The videos Hess has found contain mentions or visuals of self-harm, suicide, sexual exploitation, trafficking, domestic violence, sexual abuse and gun violence, including a simulated school shooting.
"There were just so many that I had to stop recording", she said. "For children who have been exposed, they've been exposed".
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"So, if it's a clip about self-harm that they were never meant to see but ended up viewing it, you kind of might talk to them about, sometimes, when people are upset, they might try to harm themselves".
First, YouTube inadvertently helped pedophiles find underage content.
"But no system is ideal and inappropriate videos can slip through, so we're constantly working to improve our safeguards and offer more features to help parents create the right experience for their families", the website's description says.
YouTube said Thursday it was taking aggressive action, banning more than 400 accounts and taking down dozens of videos. "The kids are the digital natives and the parents are digital immigrants". "We should start by educating ourselves, educating our children, and speaking up when we see something that is risky for our children", Hess wrote on her blog. That way they can report inappropriate content to social media platforms, so it can be pulled.