Today, there are a large number of online discussion fora on the internet which are meant for users to express, discuss and exchange their views and opinions on various topics. In such fora, it has been often observed that user conversations sometimes quickly derail and become inappropriate such as hurling abuses, passing rude and discourteous comments on individuals or certain groups/communities. Similarly, some virtual agents or bots have also been found to respond back to users with inappropriate messages. As a result, inappropriate messages or comments are turning into an online menace slowly degrading the effectiveness of user experiences. Hence, automatic detection and filtering of such inappropriate language has become an important problem for improving the quality of conversations with users as well as virtual agents.
YouTube is finally doing more to crack down on disturbing videos creating sick by pranksters to frighten children. YouTube is putting in place age-restrictions which means users can flag inappropriate content in the main app to stop children being exposed to disturbing videos. It normally takes five days for content to get from YouTube to YouTube Kids. 'Age-restricted content is automatically not allowed in YouTube Kids', said Ms Downs who said the new team should be live in a few weeks. 'The YouTube team is made up of parents who are committed to improving our apps and getting this right', she said.
YouTube is finally taking bigger steps to combat inappropriate videos targeted toward children. In October, Mashable first reported that weird, creepy, and downright inappropriate videos were slipping through filters on YouTube Kids, an app geared toward children that allows virtually anyone with a YouTube account to create content that could be seen by millions of children. Those findings were reignited this week after the New York Times reported on the story. Back in August, the company rolled out a new policy restricting users from advertising dollars for the inappropriate use of family-friendly characters, such as Elsa and Spider-Man. Now YouTube has decided to take additional measures that age restricts this type of flagged content on its main app, which will automatically block it from slipping into the kids app, as first reported by The Verge.