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YouTube has blocked comments on videos featuring children which "could be at risk of attracting predatory behaviour".

YouTube chief executive Susan Wojcicki said: "Nothing is more important to us than ensuring the safety of young people on the platform". "Over the next few months, we will be broadening this action to suspend comments on videos featuring young minors and videos featuring older minors that could be at risk of attracting predatory behavior".

A YouTube creator last week revealed what he called a "wormhole" that allowed comments and connections on child porn alongside videos. Only a small number of channels with videos of kids will be able to keep comments on and will have to actively monitor them.

"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", it said.

But in February this year advertisers including AT&T, Nestle and Hasbro suspended their ads after more inappropriate comments were spotted.

In on the YouTube Creator Blog, the company laid out the actions being taken. "Ticking a box to say they are over thirteen is simply not an approach that scales, when every day, 170,000 new children are going online", he said, citing a statistic from UNICEF. YouTube will work with them to provide guidance.

It already started the process last week when it turned off comments from tens of millions of videos.

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Turning off comments on such a large number of videos seems an "extreme reaction, " said eMarketer analyst Paul Verna.

YouTube will turn off comments on all videos that contain young children, the company says, as well as a number of other enforcement actions created to stave off an advertiser boycott sparked by the discovery of an organised paedophile ring operating in plain sight on the video-sharing platform.

While the videos themselves may not violate YouTube's content policies, the comments have often included inappropriate content loaded with sexual references and innuendo.

Even in pledging to take new steps to limit those comments, however, YouTube faced fresh criticism from members of Congress and others who believe YouTube hasn't done enough to deal with the array of troubling, abusive content that long has flourished on the site. But first-time vlogging parents will likely be unable to use the comments section to grow a following.

Since the video blogger documented how pedophiles shared time stamps of sexually suggestive moments, a parent in Florida found that a clip explaining how to commit suicide had been spliced into children's videos on YouTube and YouTube Kids, an app specifically designed for children.

These channels will be trusted partners such as family video-bloggers or known YouTube stars.


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