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YouTube report shows 8.3 million videos were removed in Q4

26 April 2018

Earlier this year some of you told us you'd seen videos on the app, and on YouTube Kids, that anxious you.

YouTube remains under fire for disturbing content made available in the Suggested Videos area of its YouTube Kids app, and for collecting data on young children. When search is off, that means recommendations will not include those videos available in the broad YouTube Kids realm.

YouTube will also allowing parents to individually approve channels and videos for their kids to view.

That's right. A mom or dad will be able to sit down and single out as watchable the specific videos their kids can view.

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Google has been trying to make its YouTube Kids app safer and easier to use since it launched in 2015.

Jennifer Harris, the mother of a middle schooler, told CNBC that she used to make her son show her every video he wanted to watch on YouTube Kids before it started. The videos are reviewed by machine learning algorithms to determine whether or not they are appropriate for the app.

In order to meet USA child privacy rules, Google says it bans kids under 13 from using its core video service.

While machines are doing a lot of the work in this regard, YouTube has also chose to hire about 10,000 people to actually review the videos that are being uploaded on a daily basis.

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With "Collections", YouTube Kids team and their partners will offer collections of trusted channels on a variety of subjects from arts and crafts and music to sports, learning and more.

The first update is rolling out this week and it's called 'collections by trusted partners.' These are groups of channels that are geared towards kids and their interests. 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. This feature will be rolled out later this year.

Beser said that the current version of the app will still be available for those who are content to use it, but that Google was continuing to "fine tune" its filters for the more open selection of content, encouraging parents to block and flag content they do not see as appropriate. But parents have discovered a range of inappropriate videos on the app, highlighting the platform's dependence on automation and a lack of human oversight.

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YouTube report shows 8.3 million videos were removed in Q4