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Suicide instructions spliced into kids’ cartoons on YouTube and YouTube Kids

Enlarge / A girl watches a video on youtube. Getty |ALAIN JOCARD Tips for committing suicide are appearing in children’s cartoons on YouTube and the YouTube Kids app. The sinister content was first flagged by doctors on the pediatrician-run parenting blog pedimom.com and later reported by the Washington Post. An anonymous “physician mother” initially spotted …

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YouTube prevents anti-vaccine channels from running ads

SIPA USA/PA Images YouTube is killing anti-vaccine channels’ ability to earn from advertisements following a BuzzFeed News report that put a spotlight on the spread of anti-vax videos on the platform. During its investigation, the publication discovered that ads, including ones from health companies, run before anti-vaccination content. Seven advertisers told BuzzFeed News that they …

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YouTube is proactively blocking ads on videos prone to predatory comments

SIPA USA/PA Images Earlier this week, multiple brands pulled their advertisements from YouTube in response to what one YouTuber called a “soft-core pedophilia ring” being fostered via video comments. In response, YouTube removed hundreds of channels and disabled comments on millions of videos, but it appears the company doesn’t have a handle on things just …

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Study says 37 percent of Americans have faced ‘severe’ online harassment

TEK IMAGE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY via Getty Images It might be premature to claim the internet is becoming more civil. A YouGov study commissioned by the Anti-Defamation League indicates that 37 percent of Americans dealt with “severe” online harassment and hate speech in 2018, or more than twice as much as they reported in 2017. Moreover, …

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