So youtube is set to turn off comments for videos with kids in it to avoid the risk of predatory behaviour. Remember last week, Techcrunch confirmed reports which first arose on Reddit about the existence of a soft-core pedophile ring that was communicating via YouTube’s comments section and disseminating videos of minors by gaming the company’s search algorithms.
The act brought comdemnation from youtube’s top advertisers like Disney, Epic games, McDonald’s and Nestlé Foods who were reported to have all pulled advertising from the site. In a statement Google said “Over the past week, we’ve been taking a number of steps to better protect children and families, including suspending comments on tens of millions of videos,” “Now, we will begin suspending comments on most videos that feature minors, with the exception of a small number of channels that actively moderate their comments and take additional steps to protect children.
We understand that comments are an important way creators build and connect with their audiences; we also know that this is the right thing to do to protect the YouTube community.”
The suspension of the comments is said to last for months, And while the company acknowledged the severity of the changes and the impact it may have on YouTubers, it said it was taking action to prevent the exploitation of minors on the platform.
Although the company said A small number of known channels will be able to keep their comments sections up, but will be required to actively monitor them beyond simply using YouTube’s own moderation tools.
So from now on if you don’t find the comment section on a video, just know that it in relation to this incident.