Youtube ‘won’t let scary videos reach chil­dren’

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Matthew Field

YOUTUBE is to clamp down on videos that show pop­u­lar chil­dren’s TV char­ac­ters in vi­o­lent and fright­en­ing scenes af­ter it emerged that hun­dreds of dis­turb­ing videos fea­tured on the web­site.

The on­line video ser­vice, owned by Google, said “in­ap­pro­pri­ate use of fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment char­ac­ters” on Youtube and Youtube Kids, its chil­dren-only app, would be re­stricted to adults when re­ported by users.

Bizarre videos, all of which are unau­tho­rised by the char­ac­ter rights own­ers, in­cluded Peppa Pig drink­ing

‘The Youtube team is made up of par­ents who are com­mit­ted to im­prov­ing our apps and get­ting this right’

bleach or get­ting teeth pulled out, Elsa from Dis­ney’s Frozen and Spi­der-man, with some be­ing sex­u­ally sug­ges­tive.

“Ear­lier this year, we up­dated our poli­cies to make con­tent fea­tur­ing in­ap­pro­pri­ate use of fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment char­ac­ters in­el­i­gi­ble for mon­eti­sa­tion,” said Ju­niper Downs, Youtube’s direc­tor of pol­icy.

“We’re in the process of im­ple­ment­ing a new pol­icy that age-re­stricts this con­tent in the Youtube main app when flagged. Age-re­stricted con­tent is au­to­mat­i­cally not al­lowed in Youtube Kids. The Youtube team is made up of par­ents who are com­mit­ted to im­prov­ing our apps and get­ting this right.”

It al­ready fil­ters out in­ap­pro­pri­ate con­tent, but the au­to­mated process has seen some videos slip through the net. Now it will rely more on mod­er­a­tors and view­ers to flag such videos.

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