YouTube disables comments on videos with minors

FILE PHOTO: A 3D-printed YouTube icon is shown in front of a YouTube logo in this image is 25 October 2017. REUTERS/dado Ruvic/Ilustration/Photo File

(Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s YouTube said on Thursday it had disabled comments on videos with minors, a week after a magazine reported the platform displays ads next to videos that showed the exploitation of children.

“The last week we disabled comments of tens of millions of videos that could lead to aggressive behavior,” YouTube said in a blog post here.

The report from Wired magazine said that commercials ran alongside offensive videos and comments prompted companies such as food and beverage maker Nestle SA and provider AT&T Inc is paused, the advertising on YouTube earlier this week.

“We are removing hundreds of millions of comments for violating our policies, we had been working on a more effective structure that will identify and remove aggressive comments, YouTube said.

Reporting by Sayanti Chakraborty in Bengaluru; Editing by Shinjini Ganguli

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