YouTube disables comments on videos featuring minors

Commercials ran alongside offensive videos and comments prompted companies


Reuters March 01, 2019
Silhouette of mobile user is seen next to a screen projection of Youtube logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS

Alphabet’s YouTube said on Thursday it had disabled comments on videos featuring minors, a week after a magazine reported the platform displayed ads next to videos that showed exploitation of children.

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"Over the past week, we disabled comments from tens of millions of videos that could be subject to predatory behavior," YouTube said in a blog post.

The report by Wired magazine said that commercials ran alongside offensive videos and comments prompted companies such as food and beverage maker Nestle SA and carrier AT&T to pause advertising on YouTube earlier this week.

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“While we have been removing hundreds of millions of comments for violating our policies, we had been working on an even more effective classifier, that will identify and remove predatory comments,” YouTube said.

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