The YouTube comments section on some videos that feature kids has been disabled. This move was made by the biggest video streaming service in the world after shocking revelations started surfacing that a pedophile ring was using the YouTube comments section of certain videos to organize and share contact details and elicit information.
We recently reported that big brands like Disney and Epic Games were pulling some of their YouTube ads due to allegations that there was a group of pedophiles doing creepy stuff in the comments section of videos which feature kids. Now, YouTube has responded by disabling comments on videos which “are at risk of predatory behaviour“.
Over the past week, we disabled comments from tens of millions of videos that could be subject to predatory behavior. These efforts are focused on videos featuring young minors and we will continue to identify videos at risk over the next few months
YouTube is allowing “a small number of creators” to keep the comments sections open on their videos, which feature kids. However, the company is requiring these creators to strictly moderate the YouTube comments on their videos.
These channels will be required to actively moderate their comments, beyond just using our moderation tools, and demonstrate a low risk of predatory behavior. We will work with them directly and our goal is to grow this number over time as our ability to catch violative comments continues to improve.
The company has also reiterated that dangerous content is unacceptable on YouTube. Channels that encourage dangerous behaviour or endangers kids will be terminated. This follows YouTube’s decision to ban dangerous pranks and challenges.
YouTube is also launching new YouTube comments classifiers which it describes as being twice as effective in identifying and removing predatory comments.