Youtube want’s 10,000 people making sure their videos are safe.
YouTube has been blasted recently for allowing inappropriate videos onto their kids app and allowing abusive comments on videos featuring children. They responded by shutting down some abusive channels and working harder to fix their algorithms that identify videos as safe for kids. Their latest change is going to increase the manpower involved in curating kid-safe content.
YouTube claims that they are aiming at 10,000 new employees whose job it will be to strengthen their algorithms, enforce reviewing policies, watch and remove flagged videos, and respond to concerned users about content. This increase in manpower should be a step towards a safer YouTube but is it too late?
Several companies have already pulled their advertising from YouTube stating that the platform needs to fix their content policies. YouTube responded fast once their bottom line was affected. This is good for parents since more people responding to problems should keep some of the worst video content off of YouTube.
You can save your Instagram Stories posts.
Instagram Stories is in the news again and this time they’re making it permanent. Until now your Story videos and photos lasted 24 hours and then disappeared. Instagram’s latest update now gives you the option to turn on archiving for Stories. Once turned on the archiving feature will save your Story videos and photos alongside the ones you’ve archived from your main Instagram posts.
Archiving Stories can be a good tool for parents to use to keep their eyes on what their kids have been uploading to Instagram. Have your kid turn on this feature. If you are logged into their account on your phone you can turn the feature on yourself and see what they have shared even if you don’t check every day.
What Parents Should Know
With the release of the Facebook Messenger Kids app, YouTube trying to make videos safer, and Instagram making videos and photos more permanent, we are seeing some movement towards a safer social media experience. Still, the dangers exist and we have to be vigilant as parents to know was happening and what our kids are doing on social media. Hopefully, these updates keep you in the loop and help you make quality decisions for your family.