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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 ...
Predatory comments prompt YouTube ad suspension

Predatory comments prompt YouTube ad suspension

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Mars, Lidl, Adidas and others have pulled all advertisements from YouTube after some were found next to clips used by predators to target children.Investigations by the BBC and the Times found tens of thousands of "predatory" accounts have been used to leave explicit comments on children's videos.Problems with the video-sharing site's reporting system have been blamed for letting the accounts persist.YouTube said it was "working urgently" to clean up the site.Broken systemA Mars spokesman told the Guardian: "We are shocked and appalled to see that our adverts have appeared alongside such exploitative and inappropriate content."It said it had immediately suspended advertising globally on YouTube and Google. Adverts would not return until it was sure YouTube had put safeguards in place, it a...
YouTube failed to remove sexualised comments

YouTube failed to remove sexualised comments

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Media playback is unsupported on your devicePart of YouTube's system for reporting sexualised comments left on children's videos has not been functioning correctly for more than a year, say volunteer moderators.They say there could be up to 100,000 predatory accounts leaving indecent comments on videos.A BBC Trending investigation has discovered a flaw in a tool that enables the public to report abuse. But YouTube says it reviews the "vast majority" of reports within 24 hours. It says it has no technical problems in its reporting mechanism and that it takes child abuse extremely seriously. On Wednesday, the company announced new measures to protect children on the site.User reportsYouTube is the world's largest video-sharing site. In addition to algorithms that can automatically block ille...
YouTube to restrict 'disturbing' children's videos, if flagged

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

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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...
YouTube star Casey Neistat criticises video site's leaders

YouTube star Casey Neistat criticises video site's leaders

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One of YouTube's most influential vloggers has attacked the service's leaders, claiming they are failing many of their most popular video creators.Specifically, Casey Neistat criticised the way the platform had made it impossible for some videos to generate advertising revenue, without clearly explaining the rules to its community.One of his own videos - an interview with Indonesia's president - was temporarily "demonetised" last week.YouTube has said it is listening."We watched Casey's video and appreciate him and the wider community voicing their concerns," a spokeswoman told the BBC."We know this has been a difficult few months, and we're working hard to improve our systems. We're making progress, but we know there is a lot more to do."'Existential threat'Mr Neistat has more than eight ...