A few hours ago, YouTube announced a series of measures to improve “the safety of minors on YouTube . ” Through a statement , the company says they have decided to disable the option to leave comments on videos in which minors appear.

Pedophiles –
a person who is sexually attracted to children

YouTube has been dealing with a rather delicate situation for several weeks. In the middle of last month we discovered a network of pedophiles who used the platform to consume videos of minors in a disturbing way.

We verified that when looking for a series of videos we were able to enter a kind of vortex in which YouTube only recommended videos featuring girls. These innocent-looking videos hid a worrisome reality.

In these clips appeared girls bathing in the pool, playing sports or having fun with a toy. When going to the comments, in addition to finding very high-pitched answers, timestamps appeared that took us to the exact second in which you can see concrete parts of your body.

When this controversy jumped, companies as important as Disney, Nestle or Epic Games (the company responsible for ‘Fortnite’ decided to withdraw their ads from YouTube, since they did not want to be associated with this type of behavior.

At the same time, a few days ago we discovered that some YouTube Kids videos hid (as in a mythical scene of ‘Fight Club’) a scene in which they taught children to commit suicide.

YouTube is a platform to which thousands of hours of content are uploaded every day, and that makes it difficult to monitor all the content that is available on it. This situation is complicated when they are videos starred or directed for children.

Goodbye comments

A few hours ago, YouTube announced a series of measures to improve “the safety of minors on YouTube . ” Through a statement , the company says they have decided to disable the option to leave comments on videos in which minors appear.

In said statement, YouTube says to have “disabled the comments in tens of millions of videos,” seeking to end a “predatory behavior . ” They assure that in the next times they will suspend the comments in videos that show “children or young people who could run the risk of attracting predatory behaviors”.

“Over the past week, we have disabled the comments of tens of millions of videos that could be subject to predatory behavior, focusing on videos with minors and continuing to identify videos at risk.

Over the next few months, we will expand this action to suspend comments on videos that show children and videos that show young people who may be at risk of attracting predatory behavior.

Anyway, they say that some channels will be able to keep the comments enabled in this type of videos , but it will be necessary for them to take charge of moderating them “actively”.

“A small number of creators will be able to keep the comments enabled in this type of videos, which will require that these channels actively moderate their comments, in addition to using our moderation tools and demonstrating a low risk of predatory behavior.


We will work directly with them and our goal is to increase this number over time as our ability to detect infringing comments continues to improve. ”

An important point is that YouTube wanted to clarify that these changes “do not affect the monetization of videos . ” That means that the channels that publish videos in which minors appear can continue to earn income for them.

They ask users to “keep telling them” about the existence of these videos

The company ends the statement saying that “no form of content that endangers minors is acceptable on YouTube” and ask users to continue to “warn” of this type of videos.

“Videos that encourage harmful and dangerous challenges aimed at any audience are also clearly against our policies.”

YouTube has reacted, perhaps not too quickly, to a very compromised situation. On the one hand, it is not easy to regulate a content that (in theory) complies with the norms and that at the same time can be used in such a questionable way. We will have to wait to see if these measures are sufficient to solve it.