Updated · May 19, 2022
YouTube Removed 7 Million Accounts Created by Teens and Preteens
Updated · Feb 21, 2022
Currently, the platform has more than 2.3 billion monthly active users, some of which are below the age limit.
Ramping up the Removal Efforts
This year, YouTube removed seven million accounts, apparently created by teens and preteens. In addition, it removed 85% of the videos that violated the child safety rules before they hit 10 views.
It’s part of the company’s testimonial, which it will deliver in front of the Senate Commerce consumer protection subcommittee.
The hearing was announced after Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen claimed that the company’s products "harm children, stoke division, and weaken our democracy."
As a result, the Senate also called TikTok, YouTube, and Snapchat to examine the effect the platforms have on children.
Protecting the Children
According to YouTube's terms of service, only those 13 and up can sign up for an account. Those under the age limit still have access to the content, but they will get the Supervised Experiences.
To clarify, they won’t be able to see video and aspects of the platform, categorized as risky for young viewers. Children can make use of the specialized app YouTube Kids.
Still, YouTube is not really strict with enforcing the restrictions. The company was involved in scandals with videos of child abuse, inappropriate YouTube Kids content, predatory comments, cyberbullying, etc.
As a result, many adults nowadays rely on parental control software.
Teodora devoted her whole life to words – reading, writing and trying to be original on social media. She got certified in digital marketing but still feels she’s not cool enough to be an influencer. (We all disagree – she influences the team pretty well.) She finished a master’s degree focused in Literature, Publishing, Mass Media. Her hobbies include traveling, and reading. Teddy hopes that yoga will be the thing to finally teach her some patience and show her the path toward world domination. Maybe modern tech can also help her with that.
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