YouTube Considers Migrating All Kids’ Content To YouTube Kids App, Among Many Sweeping Changes

Posted: Jun 20 2019, 5:52am CDT | by , in Technology News

 

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YouTube considers migrating all kids’ content to YouTube Kids app, among many sweeping changes
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The platform is also considering disabling YouTube recommendations for minors.

YouTube is planning to transfer all children’s content into the company’s existing standalone YouTube Kids app in a bid to prevent children from viewing unpleasant videos, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people briefed on the talks.

The move could be part of a potential overhaul that the Google-owned platform is planning as it faces intense criticism from the public and from the Federal Trade Commission, which has commenced an investigation into how the video-sharing platform addresses complaints about how inappropriate content land on the YouTube app on children’s iPads and phones.

Sources told the Journal that the FTC’s probe was triggered by a consumer group that accused Google of exploiting YouTube’s popularity with children to illegally gather on unsupervised minors.

Moving children’s content to the YouTube Kids app could be a risky step for YouTube since educational videos and cartoons are among the most popular items on the platform that help YouTube rake in millions of dollars in advertising and other profits.

Meanwhile, some employees at YouTube are reportedly urging the company to disable YouTube’s recommendation feature for children’s programming. The recommendation tool automatically plays the next video that the app suggests according to a user’s preference. By turning off the feature for underaged users, the next video would have to be picked by the child or their parent.

When asked about the potential changes, a spokeswoman for YouTube told the Journal that the company considers “lots of ideas for improving YouTube and some remain just that—ideas.”

The internal discussions at YouTube also come as the company faces more backlash over its ability to address hate-based content.

The unnamed company spokesperson also told the Journal that YouTube CEO Sundar Pichai is working on the company’s team “on various complex, high-profile YouTube product launches and business matters.”

Earlier today, I4U reported about YouTube’s reported plan to hide the comments section on its Android app and to replace it with a button instead as the comments section has become an avenue for cyber bullying and harassment online.

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