BuzzFeed: YouTube Kids Is Going To Release A Whitelisted, Non-Algorithmic Version Of Its App

BuzzFeed: YouTube Kids Is Going To Release A Whitelisted, Non-Algorithmic Version Of Its App. “YouTube is planning to release a new version of its YouTube Kids app that will do away with algorithmically suggested videos and will only display videos from channels that a team of YouTube curators handpicks, a source familiar with YouTube’s plans told BuzzFeed News.”

Wired: Children’s YouTube is still churning out blood, suicide and cannibalism

Wired: Children’s YouTube is still churning out blood, suicide and cannibalism. “WIRED found videos containing violence against child characters, age-inappropriate sexualisation, Paw Patrol characters attempting suicide and Peppa Pig being tricked into eating bacon. These were discovered by following recommendations in YouTube’s sidebar or simply allowing children’s videos to autoplay, starting with legitimate content.”

Business Insider: The YouTube Kids app has been suggesting a load of conspiracy videos to children

Oh gross. Business Insider: The YouTube Kids app has been suggesting a load of conspiracy videos to children. “YouTube’s app specifically for children is meant to filter out adult content and provide a ‘world of learning and fun,’ but Business Insider found that YouTube Kids featured many conspiracy theory videos which make claims that the world is flat, that the moon landing was faked, and that the planet is ruled by reptile-human hybrids.”

Alphr: Google is removing Chrome’s ‘supervised users’ parental controls

Alphr: Google is removing Chrome’s ‘supervised users’ parental controls. ” In a frustrating blow for parents everywhere, Chrome’s ‘supervised users’ feature is being phased out only four years after it was launched, according to an email sent to users of the feature.”

TechCrunch: Following controversies over kids’ content, YouTube makes several YouTube Red family shows free

TechCrunch: Following controversies over kids’ content, YouTube makes several YouTube Red family shows free. “Amid controversies over how YouTube has been handling content aimed at children on its network, YouTube is making a number of its previously subscription-only YouTube Red shows available on its YouTube Kids application for the first time as part of a new promotion.”

Quartz: Facebook debuts Messenger Kids, an ad-free app that gives parents control

Quartz: Facebook debuts Messenger Kids, an ad-free app that gives parents control. “Technically, children under the age of 13 aren’t allowed on Facebook. But many kids manage to sign up for Facebook and Instagram quite easily, making them vulnerable to all of the internet’s dangers. Now Facebook is rolling out a platform that will allow children to use one of its services—with plenty of parental supervision. Opening up a massive new pool of users, the company is introducing Messenger Kids, a standalone app that lets kids communicate with their family and friends.”

TechCrunch: Jellies is a kid-friendly, parent-approved alternative to YouTube Kids

TechCrunch: Jellies is a kid-friendly, parent-approved alternative to YouTube Kids. “As YouTube reels from a series of scandals related to its lack of policing around inappropriate content aimed at children, obscene comments on videos of children, horrifying search suggestions, and more, a new app called Jellies has arrived to offer parents a safer way to let their kids watch videos on mobile devices.”