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Because people are terrible, YouTube might move all children’s content to YouTube Kids

People are the worst.

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YouTube has been in the news and headlines quite a bit recently, but not all of it has been positive.

With damning reports about pedophilia on the platform, it has users and the company alike trying to figure out just what to do with all of the content, specifically for or featuring children, and how to keep it from being abused.

Now, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal, YouTube is considering moving all children’s content from the main site to the dedicated YouTube Kids app.

Honestly, it’s hard to fathom the enormity of such a task

With hundreds of hours of footage uploaded every minute, new content being added could be categorized appropriately. But what about the billions of hours of footage already on the platform? How would YouTube go about marking and transferring over everything that already exists?

It also begs the question of monetization, as YouTube Kids treats ads and ad placement differently. What would it mean for the legitimate content creators on the platform that market to children and younger audiences?

Mashable notes that “In 2018, YouTube Kids added controls to allow parents to manually select the channels and creators that their kids would be able to watch.” It was also around this time that YouTube added more human moderators to appropriately filter and remove content.

Personally, I think this is yet another example of a platform that grew too big, too fast. While YouTube has been putting time and effort into improving the experience for everyone, it’s a herculean task to appropriately moderate the huge influx of content constantly being added.

But hey, that stuff takes money, and Google has plenty of that.

What do you think Google and YouTube should do about its content? Is a separate app for kid’s content the answer? Let us know down below in the comments or carry the discussion over to our Twitter or Facebook.

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Senior Editor with a focus on all things tech and gaming. Life Adventurer. You can keep up with me on Twitter: @Josiah_Motley

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