Conspiracy theory videos are floating on YouTube Kids app
YouTube Kids is facing a new content related problem. The new kind of problem that YouTube Kids faces is suggesting videos involving conspiracy theories to children. Conspiracy theory suggesting that moon landing was faked; aliens building the pyramids, reptile-human hybrids running the planet and other conspiracy videos are being suggested by YouTube Kids on their app.
Though there is no breach or violation of YouTube’s guidelines, it’s not the type of content you would want your kids to watch. This revelation comes at a time when the company is already facing the heat over the increasing number of conspiracy theory videos.
Recently, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki had announced that “YouTube will start adding information from Wikipedia to conspiracy theory videos.”
Business Insider found out how YouTube Kids app is facing this algorithm issue. When a keyword like “UFO” is searched on YouTube Kids apart from videos of toys; the video depicting an alleged UFO with chemtrails also appeared. Several videos by conspiracy theorist David Icke also appeared in the suggested video list. The other conspiracy videos by David Icke that Freemasons engaged in human sacrifice, that US government planned the assassination of President, and that humans would evolve in 2012 appeared on YouTube Kids app.
In a statement to Business Insider, YouTube said,
“The YouTube Kids app is home to a wide variety of content that includes enriching and entertaining videos for families. This content is screened using human trained systems. That being said, no system is perfect and sometimes we miss the mark. When we do, we take immediate action to block the videos or, as necessary, channels from appearing in the app. We will continue to work to improve the YouTube Kids app experience.”
In order to filter our inappropriate content YouTube uses algorithms, these algorithms work in many cases. For example, try searching for “porn” or “9/11” and the search would come up empty. However, in this case, the conspiracy theories are sneaking the radar and making its way mainly due to YouTube’s tag system.
On receiving information from Business Insider, YouTube has removed many conspiracy theory videos. While many such conspiracy videos are removed still many are floating around on YouTube Kids.