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YouTube to delete comments, remove videos promoting child endangerment

/ 03:55 PM November 23, 2017

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Taking a tougher stance against predation on minors, video-sharing site YouTube announced that it will delete unwanted comments and videos that promote child endangerment.

In a post on its official blog, YouTube said that starting this week, if one comment that is deemed predatory involving minors is detected, the comments section for that video will be disabled altogether.

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The video-sharing site has partnered with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to report on child endangerment and abuse to law-enforcement agencies.

A report by The Verge detailed how some comments found in videos that were kid-friendly or featured minors displayed sexual predation toward children.

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YouTube will also remove any videos that may display unwanted abuse toward children, even if it was not intentional. It also worked to age-restrict videos involving family entertainment characters but bear adult humor and content.

“These latest enforcement changes will take shape over the weeks and months ahead as we work to tackle this evolving challenge,” the blog post reads. “We’re wholly committed to addressing these issues and will continue to invest the engineering and human resources needed to get it right.”  Katrina Hallare /ra

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