Google has made more changes to YouTube to help it remain a safe place for children after it was a controversy magnet last year.
The firm detailed a list of all the things it had done to ensure child safety on YouTube, some of them old, and one new one.
According to a post attributed to the YouTube team, the company will now be restricting live streaming from minors:
We updated enforcement of our live streaming policy to specifically disallow younger minors from live streaming unless they are clearly accompanied by an adult. Channels not in compliance with this policy may lose their ability to live stream. We also launched new classifiers (machine learning tools that help us identify specific types of content) on our live products to find and remove more of this content
The other policies relate disabling of comments on videos which feature minors and reducing the number of recommendations the algorithm makes.
But a report from the New York Times (which Google’s post appears to be a direct response to and which you should read) suggests that may not be enough. The firm’s algorithms still end up leading child predators straight to their targets, and Google’s methods aren’t working so far.