For more than a decade, YouTube has been a cultural staple. Several celebrities today started their career through YouTube. However, it is not all good on this channel.
This video-sharing website offers an effective platform for marketers. However, it could also be a platform for those who wish to spread evil.
Recently, Free Hess, a pediatrician in Florida, discovered some chilling videos on YouTube. These videos showcased suicide tips. The tips were not obvious at first. However, a few minutes into the clip, a man showed up on the screen to offer suicide instructions.
Hess blogged about those altered videos. She urged YouTube to take them down. Those visuals are damaging to children.
In one of those videos on YouTube, a man appeared in the frame to remind kids that sideways are for attention while longways are for results, while he was holding an imaginary blade.
Hess stated that those videos are extremely dangerous for kids. Children now are facing a different world because of social media and access to the Internet.
As they can easily access the Internet, how they grow and develop changed. Those videos are putting them at risk of committing suicide.
In one YouTube video, it showed a spliced-in scene that showed Filthy Frank, an Internet personality. His fans love to put him in memes. He has a video on his channel where he was filmed on a green screen. It is not clear yet where the clip in question originated.
A spokeswoman for YouTube said that the company is working to make sure that such behavior is not encouraged. It has strict policies that disallow those videos that promote self-harm.
“We rely on both user flagging and smart detection technology to flag this content for our reviewers. Every quarter we remove millions of videos and channels that violate our policies and we remove the majority of these videos before they have any views. We are always working to improve our systems and to remove violative content more quickly, which is why we report our progress in a quarterly report [transparencyreport.google.com] and give users a dashboard showing the status of videos they’ve flagged to us.” – YouTube spokeswoman
YouTube continued to find effective ways on how to keep its platform free from those hateful and violent videos.
Last month, the Post reported that YouTube was tweaking its recommendation algorithm to stop the platform from showing videos that spread conspiracy theories and fake information. But those videos would stay on the site.
But redoing the recommendation algorithm is not enough. Those videos must be permanently removed from the platform.
Hess also wrote a post about a Minecraft video that depicted a school shooting. Then, another video about human trafficking and a child who committed suicide through stabbing.
Some of these kids would just ignore the grim content. Other children, however, are drawn to it. These videos could cause nightmares. They might think that those individuals who are close to them would kill themselves.
“I am disturbed, I am saddened, I am disgusted. But I am also relieved that I was there to see this video with my own eyes, so that I could take the appropriate actions to protect my family. I would recommend everyone reading this to take these same steps as well.” – Pedimom