YouTube + child safety: Is the service doing enough?

YouTube + child safety: Is the service doing enough?

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It has been a challenging month for YouTube.

As we recently reported, fresh concerns over child safety on the service came to light back on 17th February.

In a video published to the site, vlogger Matt Watson details how the service is being exploited by paedophiles who were using comment sections under innocuous videos of children to leave sexually provocative messages, to communicate with each other, and to link out to child pornography.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O13G5A5w5P0?feature=oembed&w=640&h=360]

Of course, journalists and news sites were quick to level criticism at YouTube. Many pointed out that this wasn’t the first time child safety on the service has been called into question. Others were critical that its methods for safeguarding children were too ‘whack-a-mole’ in their approach.

And then came the actions of the advertisers – with Nestle, AT&T and Epic Games (creator of Fortnite) all pulling their ads from t… Read More

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