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2/22/19
Update on our actions related to the safety of minors on YouTube 2 Recommended Answers 473 Replies 5675 Upvotes
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Update as of February 28th:

We know that many of you have been closely following the actions we’re taking to protect minors on YouTube and are as deeply concerned as we are that we get this right. We want to update you on some additional changes regarding comments (see below). You can also read more on our blog post here.

Note: Based on our review of historical comments, a small number of channels that we have identified as having a high level of risk for predatory comments will not be able to re-enable comments, even with moderation. The owners of these channels will be notified of these actions.

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As you may have heard, we’ve reviewed and removed thousands of inappropriate comments that appeared against videos from creators with minors in them. We’ve also terminated hundreds of viewer accounts for the comments they left on videos and reported illegal behavior to the NCMEC so they can work with the proper authorities.

While the creators of these videos may have done nothing wrong, we’re going above and beyond our existing protections in the near term on content that may include or endanger minors. Our goal is to protect creators and the broader ecosystem while we improve our systems.

We’ve also taken some additional measures out of an abundance of caution:

Disabling comments 
We’ve disabled comments on tens of millions of videos that may include minors and therefore are at risk of predatory comments. As part of these actions, comments may be temporarily disabled on some or all of your videos.

  • We know comments are a key way creators connect with their community, but this was an important step for the safety of minors on YouTube and a precaution while we work to further improve our systems. We’re investing more in the tools we have to detect and remove this content.

  • If you are a parent or have minors in your videos please read our privacy & safety center and consider keeping your comments turned off.



Limited Monetization
Videos that include minors and are at risk of predatory comments may receive limited or no ads (yellow icon). If you think we made a mistake please appeal. We’ll continue to refine our approach in the coming weeks and months.

Additionally, if you see any type of content (videos, comments, etc.) that you think exploits minors, please flag it for review and select “child abuse” in the reporting tool. No form of content that endangers minors is acceptable to us.

We’re taking swift action to ensure we’re identifying as much of this content as possible and will continue to take additional actions over the coming days and weeks to keep minors and the creator ecosystem safe. We will keep you posted as these changes occur.

Thanks,
Marissa (TeamYouTube)
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2/23/19
You seem to be taking a massive amount of blind actions here in your fight against child predators, and many of them are hurting the channels you are trying to protect. Demonetizing a channel for actions beyond their controls made by other people in their comments is not and never will be acceptable. Shutting down their comments when stuff happens, sure. But unless you massively alter the moderation tools you offer channels what you are doing here is corrupt.
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2/23/19
Are you saying it the   creator fault when there get tolls, hate comments now?
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2/23/19
Once again you are punishing your creators for doing nothing. Demonetizing people for comments they don't make is absolutely one of the worst decisions to make. You are literally throwing the baby out with the bath water and only making people turn off their comments section.
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2/23/19
Omg..why..thats it..i know you cant do much..but still..make it so that the creators of the vids can disable comments..stuff like that..
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This is messed up! Ruining lives of those who spent years building a community on YouTube and depend on the income.... utterly disgraceful,  but y'all will still get paid huh... let's hope YouTube doesn't go down the drain otherwise y'all won't have a job either... although reading these hundreds and hundreds of comments suggest that's exactly what will happen!
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