YouTube is finally taking steps in order to make sure that the video-sharing platform is a safer place for children. A new report states that YouTube has banned under-aged children from live streaming material without the consent of an adult.
The social media platform currently doesn’t allow children under the age of 13 to create their own accounts or upload their own videos. The company has been deleting these accounts to help prevent child exploitation and other issues. Now, YouTube is taking it one step further by banning all live stream content that features kids unless they have consent from a parent or guardian.
“Channels not in compliance with this policy may lose their ability to live stream,” the company said in the public statement. “While the content itself does not violate our policies, we recognize the minors could be at risk of online or offline exploitation … we strongly believe this is an important step to keeping young people safe on YouTube.”
In the first few months of this year alone, YouTube – which is owned by Google – confirmed that they had removed over 800,000 videos for violations of their child safety policies. However, the majority of the videos that were deleted had less than ten views each on them.
As part of the new changes, children under the age of 13 will only be able to share videos unless it’s under parental supervision. Even though the video sharing site was never intended for kids in the first place, it has become a massive hit among younger audiences.
In 2015, the company even created YouTube Kids in order for kids to have a safe environment to explore their interests and for their parents to have more control over what they are viewing online. However, YouTube Kids has had plenty of problems these last few years, too. Despite heavy filters, a lot of questionable and controversial content has made its way onto the app.
Since then, the company has said that they have invested heavily in different technologies to help protect young kids who use YouTube on a daily basis. Some of this technology helps remove illegal video content. YouTube has admitted that the majority of its users do not violate their company’s policies and that the new measures in place are precautionary.