YouTube plans to release a non-algorithmic version, included in the whitelist of its YouTube Kids app sometime in the near future as a way to inadvertently avoid suggesting questionable or graphic content for children, according to a BuzzFeed News report this afternoon . The modified version of the application will also be restricted to videos from manually selected channels that a team of YouTube curators will approve.
The decision, although not yet officially announced, comes amid long-standing concerns about YouTube's suggestion algorithm that inherently drives viewers to increasingly extremist content. Last month, a Business Insider report illustrated how the YouTube Kids app suggested children watch videos full of misinformation and conspiracy theories about the shape of the Earth, the moon landing and if there are extraterrestrials.
YouTube is trying to make its application focused on children more appropriate
Last year, YouTube was involved in a controversy called "Elsagate" involving strange, surreal and sometimes disturbing videos with Disney characters and superheroes that were designed specifically to play with the YouTube Kids algorithm and accumulate points of view. The platform has also been attacked by its host of extremist content and content-moderation approach to appease advertisers who find their products advertised along with questionable content. In addition to these controversies, YouTube has struggled to deal with the people behind the channels that sell questionable content, including conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who was stripped of its ad channel, and the influential Logan Paul, who remains suspension for 90 days. in conflict with YouTube's policies.
YouTube has made a series of efforts to try to take drastic measures against child exploitation content, including the elimination of advertising for millions of videos, the imposition of age restrictions on the marked content and the increase in the number of human moderators who scan. your platform. To combat misinformation, YouTube announced last month that it would use Wikipedia to help verify suspicious videos of selling conspiracy theories, only for Wikipedia to turn around and publicly announce that it was never informed of the decision.
We do not know when exactly the special version of the YouTube Kids application will be released, but BuzzFeed reports that the option to switch to the non-algorithmic version included in the whitelist will be optional for parents and could arrive as early as this month. .