YouTube disables comments on videos featuring kids; introduces new comment classifier

With an aim to improve child safety on YouTube, the company over the past week, we disabled comments from tens of millions of videos that could be subject to predatory behavior. These efforts are focused on videos featuring young minors. It said that it will continue to identify videos at risk over the next few months.

YouTube added that it will broaden this action to suspend comments on videos featuring young minors and videos featuring older minors that could be at risk of attracting predatory behavior. However, a small number of creators will be able to keep comments enabled on these types of videos.

These channels will be required to actively moderate their comments, beyond just using our moderation tools, and demonstrate a low risk of predatory behavior. YouTube ensures that this does not affect the monetization of videos.

It has a new comment classifier in place and will detect and remove 2X more individual comments. Videos encouraging harmful and dangerous challenges targeting any audience are also against the company’s policies and said that it will continue to take action.