YouTube rewards creators of videos that get lots of views with financial incentives, by splitting the ad revenues 55%-45% with them. "When you block a video or channel, you will no longer see that video on the YouTube Kids apps when you are signed in".
This odd and awful sub genre of clips include thousands of videos of children being shoved in washing machines, being tied up, mock tortured and even knocked unconscious. Some of the offending channels, flagged by BuzzFeed Wednesday, were verified.
" [I] watched a video of a young girl duct taped to a wall and crying that had an Allstate Insurance pre-roll ad", Buzzfeed journalist Charlie Warzel wrote on Twitter after going down the rabbit hole.
Other videos show adults placing children in disturbing, uncomfortable situations. That system has been exploited by rogue video creators who have created content bordering on child porn.
"There is some content that clearly doesn't belong on YouTube, there is other content that is more nuanced or challenging to make a clear decision on".
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YouTube is making major changes after a wave of press exposed disturbing content targeted to kids on the video platform. Since June, YouTube says, that policy has caused three million videos - many of them featuring family characters like Spiderman and Elsa - to lose monetization.
After a Verge story detailed glaring examples of predatory comments on videos of children, YouTube announced today that it will turn off comments entirely on videos where it detects predatory behavior.
Blocking inappropriate comments on videos that feature minors: In addition to working with NCMEC to report "illegal behavior to law enforcement", the video-streaming company said it is rolling stricter ruled to deal with bad comments.
YouTube has signalled that it will crack down on its seedy trade of child exploitation videos. YouTube said it will also provide new guidelines on its YouTube Kids content and will engage more experts for help. The purging is part of a bigger effort to weed out exploitative content on the platform. "Starting this week we will begin taking an even more aggressive stance by turning off all comments on videos of minors where we see these types of comments". The list of banned channels includes Toy Freaks, a controversial collection of skits that had 8.5 million subscribers before its termination.
YouTube, which is owned by Google, now has more than one billion users across the world and claims that, on a daily basis, roughly "a billion hours of video" is consumed.