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Editorial | YouTube needs to make deliberate changes in order to protect children

Editorial | YouTube needs to make deliberate changes in order to protect children

By Pitt News Editorial Board

June 4, 2019

The New York Times recently reported that Youtube’s algorithm, which the site uses to personalize content recommendations for its users, was showing a video of girls playing outside in two-piece swimsuits to users who had watched other videos of prepubescent, half-dressed children — after they had watched sexually themed content. The result of this was a loop of videos that experts say sexualize children.

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