Lawmakers are all set to come hard at YouTube seeking answers as a research indicates that YouTube’s recommending algorithm suggests videos of underclothed minors. New York Times reported that on Thursday Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube, was sent a letter by Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) detailing all the findings of the research and seeking a response at the earliest.
The New York Times report that details the findings of the research states how clean videos of children playing in the pool get millions of views and how the viewers are directed from one video to another. The report comes from scientists at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for internet and society. The report came just months after YouTube was under fire after it was found that pedophiles were communicating with each other with relative ease in the comments section of many children based videos. This had promoted YouTube to disable comments for a number of videos involving children. After initially denying to offer any comment, YouTube’s trust and safety head, Jennifer O’Connor pointed out that YouTube tries to adopt a more conservative approach when it comes to recommendation in the children videos. YouTube have published a blog post stating what measures they’ve taken to curb down the misuse of minor content. However, lawmakers are demanding further details from the streaming giants.
YouTube has been working stringently on its policy updates. While many predict YouTube to be heading towards the same path as Facebook and Twitter, users still trust the primary video streaming platform considering the regular policy updates that does answer any concern raised against it. The recent policy update saw YouTube removing videos that depict white supremacy and play any role in spreading hate speech. This is bound to wipe out a large number of videos that have drawn large criticisms for YouTube.