Post facing some fire for the much talked controversies, YouTube is reportedly considering to make some changes on the platform. After string of inundated scandals on YouTube, the company is planning to remove all children's content from YouTube and shift it on the YouTube Kids app, according to the New Wall Street Journal report. It is also reported that the company is also considering another option which involves completely turning off auto-play recommended videos on children's content. This auto-playing video system on YouTube leads viewers to extreme content from a harmless video. YouTube Music Will Automatically Download 500 Songs Based on Users' Listening History: Report.
Such changes on YouTube platform would be considered as immense for the fact that it has been relying on down ranking and reducing the reach of controversial videos rather than removing such videos. This would somewhat serve the purpose, but turning off the recommendation algorithm for children will not be a complete solution to the problem.
Moreover, the step to move out a heavy chunk of videos off the platform could affect the revenue potentially. It is important to note that YouTube Kids too have ads, but it involves additional requirements to be fulfilled by the advertisers.
As per the report from The Journal, Google CEO Sundar Pichai has been actively involved in the management of YouTube, which is handled by Susan Wojcicki. The recent scandals like Christchurch shooting video and pedophilia rings that were enabled by YouTube's recommendation algorithm have reportedly resulted internal disturbance.
In the year 2018, the company added controls to YouTube Kids which included parental control allowing the parents to manually select the channels and creators on the platform that would be harmless to watch. The company also added more human moderators for removing harmful content on the platform. It is important to note that not all kids stream videos on Kids app alone and the same algorithm wormhole could expose them to such harmful content as well.