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Hawley blasts YouTube over children's safety

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Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Missouri, accused YouTube of prioritizing revenue over children’s safety.

Speaking at a Judiciary Committee yesterday, Hawley blasted YouTube for not changing its automated recommendation system. A recent article by The New York Times reported the algorithm curates videos of “prepubescent, partially clothed children” for predatory adult users.

“This report was sickening, but I think what was even more sickening was YouTube’s refusal to do anything about it,” Hawley said. “YouTube admitted that they could do something about it, they could stop auto-referring these videos of minors to pedophiles, but they chose not to do so. Why not? Because their model is that 70% of their traffic comes from these auto-recommended videos. In other words, there is ad revenue that would be lost if they actually took some enforcement steps here, took some steps to stop this exploitation of children.”

YouTube recently prohibited children from live-streaming without an adult present and disabled comments on videos with children.

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