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Disturbing videos appear on YouTube Kids app

Disturbing videos appear on YouTube Kids app

These videos include those with content that could be "endangering" a minor, even though that was not originally the uploader's content. YouTube has also tighten its age restriction on family videos that contain mature themes and adult humor, so they can be viewed only by those 18 years and above.

Johanna Wright YouTube Vice President said, "Across the board, we have scaled up resources to ensure that thousands of people are working around the clock to monitor, review and make the right decisions across our ads and content policies".

HP, Deutsche Bank, Mars and Sky have all dropped their ads from the video-sharing site, with German discount supermarket Lidl - another to pull its campaign from YouTube - saying it was "shocked and disturbed" that explicit comments on videos of young children had not been removed.

If the user is signed in while reporting a video, it will also be blocked from the YouTube Kids app, the company said in a statement.

YouTube also said Wednesday that they've strengthened their algorithms to demonetize an additional 3 million videos that featured family-friendly characters (e.g. cartoons) engaging in violent, sexual or other offensive behavior. The channel had more than 8 million subscribers when YouTube shut it down last week.

YouTube has finally taken a step for controlling videos that are aimed at kids. Meanwhile, YouTube Kids announced new measures last week for parents if they find children watching inappropriate videos at home even by mistake.

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After being contacted by Buzzfeed, YouTube management deleted all videos featured in its report and suspended all accounts in question for violating the video service's regulations, according to the media outlet.

"We have clear policies against videos and comments on YouTube which sexualise or exploit children and we enforce them aggressively whenever alerted to such content".

MARS and Lidl have announced they will pull adverts from YouTube following chilling claims that paedophiles use the site to target kids.

Tim Loughton, a Tory member of the home affairs select committee, told The Times: "Yet again it appears that YouTube's rhetoric about taking child safeguarding seriously nowhere matches its actions". "Thank you but this can't just be some press release".

A spokesperson for YouTube said: "There shouldn't be any ads running on this content and we are working urgently to fix this". Some people also questioned why the video hosting giant took so long to tackle the problem.


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