YouTube says it will switch off comments on almost all videos featuring under-18s, in an attempt to “better protect children and families”.
Several brands stopped advertising on YouTube after discovering that pedophiles were leaving predatory comments on videos of children.
YouTube had originally disabled comments on videos that were attracting predatory and obscene comments. But it will now disable comments on almost all videos of minors by default. It said the change would take effect over several months.
When will comments be permitted?
A small number of YouTube content creators will be allowed to enable comments on videos featuring children. These channels will be trusted partners such as family video-bloggers or known YouTube stars.
However, they will be required to actively moderate their comments and demonstrate that their videos carry a low risk of attracting predatory comments.