Commexis Cast Daily – Mar. 19, 2018: YouTube Kid’s App Suggesting Conspiracy Videos

Today’s Commexis Cast discusses YouTube’s Kids app algorithm suggesting conspiracy theory videos in the “related videos” and search results. Ideally, the YouTube Kids app is meant to allow children to access child friendly content on YouTube, while also blocking access to more “adult content”. However, Business Insider’s James Cook found that conspiracy theory videos are finding their way into the “related video” area of the site, as well as in specific search results such as “moon landing”.

The oversight comes on the heels of an announcement made at SXSW that YouTube would be adding Wikipedia excerpts underneath flagged conspiracy theory videos. Unfortunately for YouTube Kids, Wikipedia is only helpful if you can read it. You may also remember YouTube coming under fire for the “keyword soup” controversy that showed harmful and potentially traumatizing content to children through content that would seem child friendly.

YouTube made a statement to Business Insider that you can read below:

“The YouTube Kids app is home to a wide variety of content that includes enriching and entertaining videos for families. This content is screened using human trained systems. That being said, no system is perfect and sometimes we miss the mark. When we do, we take immediate action to block the videos or, as necessary, channels from appearing in the app. We will continue to work to improve the YouTube Kids app experience.”

Matt and Phillip discuss YouTube’s responsibility to better moderate the YouTube Kids app, especially when these instances of abusive or misleading content are present.

Today’s cast: Phillip Brooks (Commexis Lead Strategist) and Matthew McGrorty (Commexis Videographer/Podcaster).

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