Federal Survey of YouTube's Problems with Children enters its last stages, the platform needs a solution. However, as YouTube strives to find a solution that addresses the concerns of policymakers, it faces a major hurdle: children are now an integral part of the creative community.
That's six-year-old children who are examining toys and landing on the YouTube Trends page, videos of children's reactions drawing millions of views, or vloggers from In the forefront, teaming up with four-year-olds to create more family-oriented content, the platform has become a destination for children's videos. In 2017, The weather magazine reported He is told by YouTube that "the time spent watching family vloggers has increased by 90% over the last year". Melissa Hunter, longtime family vlogger and founder of the multichannel network Family video network, said The edge it people are devouring children's videos on YouTube.
"Some of the smartest creators understand that mothers and fathers also watch these videos," said Hunter. "It's not just children."
But videos focused on children are a growing problem. Pedophiles have left predatory comments under children's videos and YouTube's recommendation algorithm seems to have helped them find new targets. The New York Times discovered The algorithm generated hundreds of thousands of views on a video of two 10-year-old girls playing "to users who were viewing other videos of prepubescent and partially dressed children". Parents removed videos of children because of their predatory behavior from 2015and in 2016 the New state men find that parents saw videos of their children embedded on pedophile forums.
While trivial family videos downloaded by parents, which are not intended to receive hundreds of thousands of views like those of professional YouTubers, are at the heart of the concerns, popular creators have also played a role. Creators began to take an interest in content for kids about two years ago, while advertisers fled the platform in the midst of hate content stories and controversies of great creators. Concerned advertisers wanted to be assured that their ads would not show on disturbing, harmful or hateful videos, and some creators saw child-focused content as the solution.
For some, this meant child-focused content, like slime videos, but many others understood it to include children in their videos. The game's personality, Kevin Chapman, has virtually abandoned his original channel for focus on family vlogging. His new business quickly surpassed his gambling channel and it's there that he has deployed his efforts to grow.
"It's become my main channel now," Chapman said, even renaming the channel's title on the Chapman family's Vlogs. "That's where I spend the majority of my time now, and that's what's most inspiring."
Others have enjoyed similar success featuring children. The family of aces of nothing to amass more than 16 million subscribers in less than three years. Jake Paul, a vlogger known for his pranks and rampant antics, started working with family vloggers directly and even invited as a family to live in his house so that he can vlog with their tydus of four years are. In a video this year, Paul spoke of the need to create more child-friendly content, often using Tydus in his videos to secure ad revenue.
"I publish one of these" kids 'videos "and it goes very well, it explodes and it brings in a ton of money, so it' s like what to do?" Paul said. "The reason it's so difficult, it's because I want to do what I want creatively, but when there is a business at stake, it's like it's going to happen." Was a conflict, you can not understand what to do necessarily. "
YouTube is now reported to be the target of an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission around child protection and how it treats children's data. Several measures have been taken to address this problem: close comments on most videos with children, require minors to be accompanied by an adult during live streaming and delete thousands of accounts belonging to children each week under 13 years old. YouTube is we are also interested in the most aggressive moves, including moving any videos featuring kids in the company's YouTube Kids app, according to The Wall Street Journal. Employees also reportedly asked YouTube to completely disable the auto-play recommendations for videos featuring children.
All of these solutions are problematic for YouTube. As many have suggested, YouTube might disable autoplay and stop recommending videos containing kids, but YouTube warned that it would hurt the creative community. And the amount of content uploaded to YouTube each day is so important that it is necessary to filter a significant portion of the videos in another application, like YouTube Kids. to be a discouraging moderation task. For the spokesperson of YouTube said The edge earlier this week That the company considers "many ideas to improve YouTube and that some remain, ideas." YouTube declined to comment further and pointed a blog article from the beginning of the month about the measures that he takes to protect children.
"YouTube has never been designed to be a meeting place for kids and families, but it happened, and we all have to try now to find the best way to protect everyone," Hunter said. , which advises YouTube and family video recorders on child protection.
Despite suggestions from critics, YouTube says it's not a viable plan. If it's not YouTube, she said, this will only make "someone else go instead to the kids' content."