YouTube plans to release a new version of its YouTube Kids app, which will no longer suggest questionable and inappropriate videos to children. Instead, it will only suggest videos approved by a team of human curators at YouTube.
As BuzzFeed News reports, this non-algorithmic, whitelisted version will exist along with the algorithmic version, as an option for the parents to choose. Parents can make sure their children don’t see any videos contain sexually explicit language, pedophilia jokes by turning off the algorithmically recommended videos.
Last month, Business Insider reported that YouTube Kids app was suggesting conspiracy theory videos, claiming that the moon landing was fake, the earth is flat, and it’s ruled by reptile-human hybrids. With this new option, parents will be able to let their children watch videos without any tension.
A source familiar with YouTube’s plans told BuzzFeed News that the company could release this new version within the coming weeks. Although YouTube didn’t refuse their plan on a whitelisted version of YouTube Kids app, it said to BuzzFeed News, “We are always working to update and improve YouTube Kids, however we don’t comment on rumor or speculation.”
YouTube has made a number of efforts in order to ensure kid-friendly videos, as well as to combat misinformation. This whitelisted version of the app could be a safeguard for the kids, as well as for the parents.