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‘YouTube Kids’ to display videos hand-picked by curators

YouTube Kids currently recommends videos through an algorithm. With the new feature parents will be able to turn this off and opt for curated videos.

tech Updated: Apr 09, 2018 10:17 IST
Indo Asian News Service
Indo Asian News Service
Indo Asian News Service
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Google announced YouTube Kids in 2015.(YouTube Kids app/ Google Play Store)

YouTube is planning to release a new version of its “YouTube Kids” app that gives parents the option to turn off algorithmically recommended videos and only display those suitable for children handpicked by a team of curators.

“The whitelisted option of the app could be released within the coming weeks. It’s designed to give parents an option where they can feel comfortable letting their kids watch videos on their own, without worrying that they might end up in the dark corners of the internet,” BuzzFeed reported on Saturday.

By giving parents the option to turn off the algorithmically recommended videos, the new “YouTube Kids” plans to curb conspiracy theory videos such as sexually explicit language, profanity and paedophilia jokes that were surfacing on the channel previously.

The Google-owned video platform did not deny its plans for the app but it told BuzzFeed News: “We are always working to update and improve ‘YouTube Kids’ however we don’t comment on rumour or speculation.”

YouTube Kids was announced back in 2015 to show content appropriate for children. Soon after the launch, the stand-alone platform started receiving backlash for showing offensive content through popular characters among children. With the new update in tow, YouTube could finally address this problem.

First Published: Apr 09, 2018 10:16 IST