YouTube Kids will get 3 new child safety features this year

YouTube removed 5 million inappropriate videos in three months even before anyone saw them

YouTube removed 5 million inappropriate videos in three months even before anyone saw them

In addition to this curated content, YouTube Kids will also give parents the ability to have their own curated selection of videos and channels, limiting what kids will be able to see.

YouTube recently said it will hire 10,000 people to monitor and control violent extremism on the popular video streaming platform, along with curbing content that endangers children.

Parents will be able to select the channel collections and topics they want their children to access, via the app's profile settings where they can select from available collections like Sesame Workshop and PBS KIDS.

This means any video uploaded to YouTube can also appear on YouTube Kids if the company's algorithms decide it is suitable. For what it's worth, Google's advertising policy, which governs ads in YouTube videos, prohibits "adult content" in ads.

Launched three years ago, YouTube Kids this week is adding video collections from "trusted partners" and the YouTube Kids team.

YouTube remains under fire for disturbing content made available in the Suggested Videos area of its YouTube Kids app, and for collecting data on young children.

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"It is our hope that these additional options will allow every family to have the experience they want in the YouTube Kids app", wrote James Beser, product director for YouTube Kids, in the post announcing the new features for the app.

Even as YouTube takes stronger measures to enhance its YouTube Kids app, the service itself continues to come under fire for endangering minors.

YouTube Kids is a dedicated app from the video network that aims to provide a child friendly experience. These are videos from approved brands, which are more likely to be safe for you to watch than other random videos on the site.

The old, existing version will still be available, with YouTube promising "to fine-tune, rigorously test and improve our filters for this more open version of our app".

The company is working on rolling out three significant updates that will go live in 2018. Beser went on to add, "While no system is flawless, we continue to fine-tune, rigorously test and improve our filters for this more open version of our app". But parents have discovered a range of inappropriate videos on the app, highlighting the platform's dependence on automation and a lack of human oversight.

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