YouTube will age-restrict disturbing videos involving kids’ characters

Just because a video contains well-known children’s characters doesn’t mean it’s kid-friendly. Some YouTube users, for instance, have posted videos where Disney or Nickelodeon characters engage in violent or sexual behavior. Now YouTube is taking new steps to make sure such content doesn’t actually reach kids. The company says it will start putting age restrictions on videos involving children’s characters when those videos have been flagged for being inappropriate. (Age-restricted videos are automatically blocked from reaching the YouTube Kids app.) To identify inappropriate content, YouTube uses a team of in-house video reviewers, but also relies on input from parents who use the app. Any user can flag a video for review. The new updates were first reported by The Verge.

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