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"YouTube just can't get their heads around the fact that when you're expressly providing content for kids, there is an ethical need for an actual human being viewing it with their eyes and ears before it gets inside a child's brain".

The first update is rolling out this week and it's called 'collections by trusted partners.' These are groups of channels that are geared towards kids and their interests.

YouTube now uses algorithms to decide which videos can appear on YouTube Kids. YouTube said these videos had been flagged for inappropriate content ranging from sexual (30.1 per cent), spam or misleading (26.4 per cent), hateful or abusive (15.6 per cent), violent or repulsive (13.5 per cent) among other reasons.

YouTube also stated that they do receive human flagged videos in addition to the algorithm marked videos.

Starting this week, turning search off will limit the YouTube Kids experience to channels that have been verified by the YouTube Kids team.

Even as YouTube takes stronger measures to enhance its YouTube Kids app, the service itself continues to come under fire for endangering minors.

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Launched three years ago, YouTube Kids this week is adding video collections from "trusted partners" and the YouTube Kids team.

Google is updating its YouTube Kids app to improve the control over the videos and channels that can be watched by children.

New features in the YouTube Kids app. "While no system is ideal, we continue to fine-tune, rigorously test and improve our filters for this more open version of our app". And, as always, we encourage parents to block and flag videos for review that they don't think should be in the YouTube Kids app. "Throughout this year, we'll roll out a more robust suite of tools for parents to customize the YouTube Kids experience".

The old, existing version will still be available, with YouTube promising "to fine-tune, rigorously test and improve our filters for this more open version of our app".

Josh Golin, executive director of the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood, saw the move as broadly positive, but said that more parental controls do not absolve Google of its responsibility to keep inappropriate content out of the YouTube Kids app. Now, YouTube is giving all parents that level of control within the app.

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