YouTube Kids , the video platform created by Google aimed at the little ones in the house, will soon be…
YouTube Kids , the video platform created by Google aimed at the little ones in the house, will soon be a much safer place for children. At least this is suggested by a leak coming from a source close to the company, who has confirmed to BuzzFeed that, very soon, YouTube Kids will stop showing recommended videos based on their algorithm , and will allow people to manually select the videos recommended to the users of the platform.
This change will take place after YouTube Kids has remained, in several occasions, at the center of the controversy due to the appearance of videos inappropriate for children , despite being a platform specifically for this type of audience.
Currently, the YouTube Kids application incorporates a recommendation algorithm similar to that found on the original YouTube platform. This software is responsible for analyzing the content displayed by users of the platform, to later show recommendations on the main screen, based on the most viewed videos. This system, however, is not ideal when it comes to recommending videos to children, especially when inappropriate videos have appeared for a minor audience.
That is why, according to the aforementioned source, the team behind YouTube Kids intends to launch a modality of the app with the algorithm disabled -though parents and guardians will be able to choose if they wish to re-enable it-, and a group of YouTube employees will be responsible for manually selecting the videos that should be recommended to users.
In the past, YouTube Kids has remained in the focus of criticism of show conspiratorial videos to children , including “videos that claim that the Earth is flat, the supposed falsity of man’s arrival on the Moon, or that the planet is ruled by reptilian-human hybrids.”
So far, YouTube has not ruled on the speculations that claim the arrival of a version of the app with less technology, but more suitable for children . However, it seems a very plausible idea, that from here we would like to see carried to the reality to avoid again that YouTube Kids become a dangerous platform, instead of the “safe version” of YouTube that should have been from the beginning .
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