A report released recently from Buzzfeed news has suggested that a new YouTube platform for kids is in the works, set to be released in the near future. The version planned to be released is said to work on a white-listed basis, not through algorithms.
The reason behind the white-listed format of this new version is clear to all who have witnessed the scrutiny faced by YouTube in the media in recent months, with the algorithms being manipulated, viewers inadvertently being suggested increasingly extremist and controversial content, and the apparent lack of boundaries when it comes to the content allowed to be uploaded to the service. One of the more publicized examples of this the Logan Paul video which was seen by millions (including young children), in which Paul and his friends were seen standing around the body of a reported suicide victim in a Japanese forest.
In light of these faults it is no surprise that YouTube may be attempting to rectify the mistakes and create a child friendly platform.
Although nothing has been officially announced by YouTube yet, in a statement a YouTube spokesperson did say that they were working on updates, they did not confirm or deny the rumors either. “We are always working to update and improve YouTube Kids, however we don’t comment on rumor or speculation,” the statement reads.