Google has faced criticisms lately for the company’s efforts to remove pedophilic comments from the platform. While the search engine giant has taken several steps to stop the problem, critics have claimed that the steps aren’t enough to protect children. For instance, a study claimed that YouTube’s video recommendation algorithm makes it easier for pedophiles to find contents on the platform. And now, The Wall Street Journal reports that Google is planning on creating a dedicated app to host all of the kids’ videos.
This latest news comes shortly after Google revealed that it is working on implementing smarter comment system using AI. However, given the sheer amount of contents on YouTube, it might take significantly longer to implement the solution and as a result, the company might be moving all of the children-oriented videos from the platform to a dedicated Kids app. Although the move will definitely hurt Google’s advertising revenue, if true, the app might help the company to address the problem on the platform.
Additionally, the company might disable auto play feature on the upcoming app. While we don’t know for sure when the company is planning on launching the app, a spokesperson confirmed that YouTube considers many ideas to protect its users but sometimes some ideas don’t come into fruition.
At the moment, we will have to wait to see if YouTube releases the app that will surely help the company to address one of the longest ongoing complaint against the video sharing service. Earlier this year, YouTube disabled comment features on videos that were deemed children oriented.