According to a recent study YouTube’s recommendation system has made it easier for pedophiles to find contents.
This latest report is surprising given YouTube revealed its efforts to limit recommendations of such contents over last couple of months. At the time company wrote, “While the content itself does not violate our policies, we recognize the minors could be at risk of online or offline exploitation. We’ve already applied these changes to tens of millions of videos across YouTube.”
Earlier this year, the search engine giant disabled comments on YouTube videos if the contents feature minors. The move came after several reports on the subculture of the comments section on the platform. In order to find out if the implemented changes yielded any results, a group of scientists from Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society conducted the research and found that the network’s automated video-recommendation system would recommend videos which sexualize children.
It’ll be interesting to see if Google makes any changes in its algorithm as it rolls out new algorithm for search results later this week.