Since the federal investigation of YouTube issues with children is coming late, the platform needs a solution. But as YouTube struggles to find a correction that concerns politicians' concerns, it remains a major obstacle: children have become an integral part of the overall creative community.
Whether six-year-olds browse toys and land on YouTube's trendy page, children's video clips attracting millions of views, or top-blocks in a team of four-year-olds to create a more family-centered center, the platform has become a destination for videos with participation of children. In 201
But children-focused videos pose an increasing problem. Pedophiles have left predatory comments on videos with children, and YouTube's suggestion algorithm seems to have helped to find new goals. The New York Times  discovers that the algorithm has spawned hundreds of thousands of views on a particular video of two 10-year-old girls playing "on users who have seen other videos of thick particles. Parents are removing children's videos for predatory behavior as early as 2015, and in 2016 the new statesmen found that parents see videos of their children built in pedophile forums.
While harmless family videos uploaded by parents who are not meant to retrieve hundreds of thousands of views, such as the videos posted by professional YouTube users, are a major part of the care, popular creators have also played in this. The creators began to gravitate towards child-oriented content about two years ago as advertisers fled the platform amid stories of hate content and controversy among leading creators. Concerned advertisers want to be assured that their ads will not appear in disturbing, harmful or hateful videos, and some creators have seen child-directed content as a solution.
For some, it meant child-directed content like slime, but many others perceived it to include children in their videos. Personality play Kevin Chapman has given up on his original channel to focus on the family. His new venture quickly surpasses his channel, and that's where he is making efforts to expand.
"Now he's my main channel," Chapman said, even officially changing the channel name of The Chapman Family Vlogs. "This is where I spend most of my time now, and that's what brings the most views."
Others saw similar success with children. more than 16 million subscribers in less than three years.Jake Paul, known for his madness and wild pranks, has begun to work directly with family liars and even invited a family to live in his house to be able to deal with the four- his son Tidus.In a video earlier this year Paul talked about the necessity of the village Making more child-friendly content, often using Tydus in their videos as a way to secure advertising revenue
"I publish one of these" kids videos "and it does very well and explodes and makes a lot of money, so that's what we do, Paul said. "The reason it's so hard is that I want to do what I want to do, but when it comes to business, it's like this clash. You can not understand what to do. "
YouTube is now reported as the purpose of the Federal Trade Commission's investigation into child protection and the way it handles children's data. Several steps have already been taken to resolve the issue, close comments on most children's videos that require minors to be accompanied by an adult when you live and remove thousands of profiles each week that belong to children under the age of 13. YouTube is also looking for more aggressive moves, including moving all children's videos to the company's YouTube children's single app The Wall Street Journal . Employees also say they want YouTube to completely exclude recommendations for automatic video uploads with children.
All of these solutions create problems for YouTube. YouTube may turn off auto-play and stop recommending videos with children in them, as many have suggested, but YouTube has warned that this would harm the creator community. And the amount of content uploaded to YouTube every day is so great that requiring a significant portion of videos to be filtered into another app like YouTube Kids will be a difficult moderation task. A YouTube spokesman told The Verge earlier this week that the company believes that "a lot of ideas to improve YouTube, and some remain just that – ideas." YouTube declined to comment further and pointed out a blog post earlier this month about the steps it takes to protect children.
"YouTube has never been designed to be a place for children and families. But that has happened and now we all have to try to figure out the best way to keep everyone safe, "said Hunter, who advises YouTube and family vendors on how to protect children.
Despite critics' suggestions to ban all content, Hunter says it's not a viable plan. If it is not YouTube, she said, she would just make "someone else in a child's place".