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YouTube disables comments on videos of children

After banning over 400 million channels and disabling comments on tens of millions of videos videos being linked to possible child exploitation, video-sharing platform YouTube has also started to disable comments of videos featuring children by default.

In a report by Fortune, YouTube announced to switch off comments on videos featuring minors as a response to reports about illegal comments endangering children.

YouTube stated in a blog post: “We recognize that comments are a core part of the YouTube experience and how you connect with and grow your audience. At the same time, the important steps we’re sharing today are critical for keeping young people safe.”

The video-sharing platform also assured users that they are working on a more effective classifier which will identify and remove predatory comments.

“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. This classifier does not affect the monetization of your video. We accelerated its launch and now have a new comments classifier in place that is more sweeping in scope, and will detect and remove 2X more individual comments,” YouTube added.

According to YouTube, it will be broadening its action to suspend comments on videos featuring young minors, as well as older minors that could be at risk of attracting predatory behavior.

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