YouTube bans kids from live-streaming video without adult supervision

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2019/06/04/youtube-bans-kids-from-live-st.html

Policy shift follows NYT report on YouTube recommendation algorithm pushing kids’ videos to pedophiles

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If I had a drink, I’d be spitting it out.

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I see pretzel logic is alive and well in the 21st century.

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How?  

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YouTube channels that don’t follow the rules may lose the ability to livestream video, assuming YouTube actually follows through on any of this stuff.

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Yeah, I think we all know how this is going to go.

In a related story, YouTube offered its thoughts and prayers to whoever is upset about whatever they’ve done wrong now.

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The algorithm probably goes something like “This person likes looking at skin” + “This person is showing skin in their video” = “Recommend!” without taking into account the age of the person showing the skin.

How do you even train an AI to reliably separate a 14 year old from an 18 year old? Little kids sure, but tweens and teens not so much.

Why were minors allowed live stream in the first place?

I mean, YouTube content policy is a series of judgment lapses. But seems like a real no brainer…

Sounds good.

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