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YouTube investigates 'disturbing' autofill results

YouTube investigates 'disturbing' autofill results

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YouTube has changed the way its autofill feature works after reports that some word combinations brought up paedophilic phrases.Over the weekend many people reported that typing "how to have" would be completed with several variations on "s*x with your kids".Other searches produced responses that also used the asterisked "s*x" word. Some speculated that an attempt to troll YouTube results was responsible for making the phrases appear.Predatory comments"Earlier today our teams were alerted to this profoundly disturbing autocomplete result and we worked to quickly remove it as soon as we were made aware," said a YouTube spokeswoman. "We are investigating this matter to determine what was behind the appearance of this autocompletion," she added.YouTube has not yet given an explanation of why ...
YouTube to restrict 'disturbing' children's videos, if flagged

YouTube to restrict 'disturbing' children's videos, if flagged

Technology
YouTube is to restrict the availability of videos showing children's characters in violent or sexual scenes if they are reported by viewers.Last week, a blog post by writer James Bridle highlighted how YouTube was still being swamped by bizarre and indecent videos aimed at children.The site says it already stops such videos earning advertising revenue.YouTube said its team was "made up of parents who are committed to improving our apps and getting this right".But critics say YouTube is not taking enough action by waiting for viewers to report inappropriate videos.'Something's wrong'The problem of video-makers using popular characters such as Peppa Pig in violent or sexual videos, to frighten children, has been widely reported.However, Mr Bridle's blog post went deeper into what he called t...