YouTube Kids Has Been Promoting Conspiracy-Theory Videos

Rodiano Bonacci
Marzo 19, 2018

But it seems that YouTube Kids has a similar problem, with children being exposed to conspiracy theory videos from the likes of reptilian-obsessed, Illuminati-loving conspiracist David Icke.

"The YouTube Kids app is home to a wide variety of content that includes enriching and entertaining videos for families".

"Sometimes we miss the mark", YouTube told Business Insider in a statement. CEO Susan Wojcicki has said the company will soon surface information from Wikipedia and other sources alongside videos about conspiracy theories. Videos about chemtrails and other conspiracy theories have also been spotted, and many are thrown up by YouTube Kids' "related videos" feature. This content is screened using human trained systems. Hunter Walk, a venture capitalist who previously led product at YouTube and has a young daughter, may have summed it up best in a tweet that he published earlier this afternoon, writing that "when you create and market an app to kids, the level of care and custodial responsibility you need to take is 100x usual". Business Insider discovered that the app, whose users are presumably mostly children, has been suggesting the videos based on otherwise innocuous search terms.

YouTube may have done a lot of work to keep offending videos off of from its Kids app, but there's still more work to do.

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