Youtube to Disable Comments on Videos Featuring Minors

Youtube to Disable Comments on Videos Featuring Minors

The video-sharing platform, Youtube, announced Thursday that it will disable comments on all videos featuring young children amid growing fears over child predators.

Only a "small number of creators" with known YouTube channels can still post comments on such videos, as the company said that "these channels will be required to actively moderate their comments, beyond just using our moderation tools, and demonstrate a low risk of predatory behavior."

"Over the next few months, we will be broadening this action to suspend comments on videos featuring young minors and videos featuring older minors that could be at risk of attracting predatory behavior," YouTube said in the blog post.

According to the website, "hundreds of millions" of unsuitable comments have been removed and certain channels that attempted "to endanger children in any way" have been terminated.

For his part, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki stressed that the move follows "some deeply concerning incidents regarding child safety on YouTube."

"Nothing is more important to us than ensuring the safety of young people on the platform," Wojcicki wrote on Twitter Thursday.

"We recognize that comments are a core part of the YouTube experience and how you connect with and grow your audience," YouTube said in its blog post. "At the same time, the important steps we're sharing today are critical for keeping young people safe."