YouTube adds more rigorous parental controls to its Kids app

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Ever since past year when it was discovered that kids were exposed to highly inappropriate videos on YouTube, the video service has been working overtime to help parents feel comfortable with letting their children use the platform.

There's three main options that Google and YouTube are introducing for parents, starting with new collections by trusted partners.

Beser added that even with all the new controls YouTube Kids will soon have, YouTube Kids users will still be able to use the app with all of its full functionality if they so choose.

The revelations come just hours after YouTube boasted it had removed 8.3 million offensive videos previous year.

A non-algorithmic, white-listed version of the Kids app has been something that parents have been calling for.

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Parents will be able to select the channel collections and topics they want their children to access, via the app's profile settings where they can select from available collections like Sesame Workshop and PBS KIDS. "Of those 6.7 million videos, 76 percent were removed before they received a single view".

"We rely on teams from around the world to review flagged videos and remove content that violates our terms; restrict videos (e.g, age-restrict content that may not be appropriate for all audiences); or leave the content live when it doesn't violate our guidelines", YouTube said.

For parents who want even more control over the videos and channels in the YouTube Kids app, Google says it plans to roll out a feature later this year where specific parent approved content is whitelisted.

BuzzFeed found videos being promoted on YouTube which featured thumbnails containing graphic bestiality. The updates are created to help families tailor what they want to be hidden from their kids and what content they want to be accessible. "While no system is ideal, we continue to fine-tune, rigorously test and improve our filters for this more open version of our app". "But let's not forget that most kids are watching the main YouTube platform, where they not only exposed regularly to inappropriate recommendations and content, but also ensnared by Google's troubling data collection practices".

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