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Videos Featuring Kids Under 13 Years Gather Three Times More Traction on YouTube

While only a small number of English language videos were targeted at children, they still received more views

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It is changing its methodology for reporting on 24-hour record debuts to also only count views from organic sources, including direct links to the video, search results. Pixabay

At a time when YouTube is facing flak for not being careful with issues concerning children, a new study shows that videos featuring kids under 13 years gather three times more traction on the platform.

US-based Pew Research Centre assembled a list of popular YouTube channels that existed through late 2018, and it analyzed all of the videos that those channels produced during the first week of January 2019.

While only a small number of English language videos were targeted at children, they still received more views on average than other videos that were not targeted at children, The Verge reported on Thursday, citing the report.

However, according to a YouTube spokesperson, the top categories on the app do not include kids specifically. Comedy, music, sports and ‘how to’ remain the most popular categories.

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At a time when YouTube is facing flak for not being careful with issues concerning children, a new study shows that videos featuring kids under 13 years gather three times more traction. Pixabay

Still, including kids in videos to increase views is a facet of YouTube that many creators have picked up on, the report said.

One of the largest family vlogging channels on YouTube — The Ace Family — amassed more than 16 million subscribers in around three years.

Jake Paul, a famed vlogger known for his pranks, invited a family to live in his house so he could vlog with their four-year-old-son Tydus.

As of now, YouTube’s current terms of service state that its platform is not intended for children under the age of 13.

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Earlier this week, YouTube came under the scanner for promoting white supremacy by letting a kids’ channel show racist content by portraying “beauty” and “ugly” looks in fair and dark skin shades, and failing to remove it despite reports.

Last week, Google reached a multimillion-dollar settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over alleged violations of children’s data privacy laws on YouTube. (IANS)

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Content Moderators on Facebook and YouTube Asked to Sign PTSD Forms

Content moderators at Facebook and YouTube in Europe and in the US have been asked to sign PTSD forms

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Content moderators at Facebook and YouTube in Europe and in the US have been asked to sign forms detailing that the job may cause post-traumatic stress disorder. Pixabay

Content moderators at Facebook and YouTube in Europe and in the US have been asked to sign forms detailing that the job may cause post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

According to The Financial Times and The Verge, global professional services firm Accenture which provides content moderators for big tech firms have asked them to sign a form, explicitly acknowledging that their job could cause post-traumatic stress disorder.

Accenture runs at least three content moderation sites for Facebook in Europe, including in Warsaw, Lisbon and Dublin. A similar document was also provided by Accenture to workers at a YouTube content moderation facility in Austin, Texas. Accenture said the wellbeing of workers was a “top priority”.

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Accenture runs at least three content moderation sites for Facebook in Europe, including in Warsaw, Lisbon and Dublin. Pixabay

“We regularly update the information we give our people to ensure that they have a clear understanding of the work they do,” the company said in a statement.

“According to an employee who signed one of these acknowledgment forms, every moderator at the facility was emailed a link and asked to sign immediately,” the report said.

The Accenture form says workers might review “disturbing” videos and that moderating “such content may impact my mental health, and it could even lead to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Both Facebook and Google said they did not review Accenture’s new form.

The Verge’s probe last month into Accenture’s Austin site described hundreds of low-paid immigrants toiling in, removing videos flagged for extreme violence and terrorist content.

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“The moment they quit Accenture or get fired, they lose access to all mental health services. One former moderator for Google said she was still experiencing symptoms of PTSD two years after leaving,” the report claimed.

Last year, The Verge published a report of Facebook moderators and one of them said he “sleeps with a gun by his side” after doing the job. (IANS)