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YouTube Go exits beta, now available in India and Indonesia

YouTube Go exits beta, now available in India and Indonesia

After its indication earlier this month that it would restrict terrorist's videos on their platform, YouTube has followed it by enforcing its guidelines for videos aimed at children.

The matter has become quite serious for Google and YouTube. It also terminated the accounts of several hundred users behind those comments.

Those actions come after British newspaper The Times last week reported that ads from big-name brands like Adidas, eBay, Amazon, and candy maker Mars were appearing on YouTube videos "showing scantily clad children", including "young girls filming themselves in underwear, doing the splits, brushing their teeth or rolling around in bed".

The blog post is reminiscent of YouTube's statement in March, after the first swarm of advertisers left the platform, and to the statement released in June, when the United Kingdom's major political parties pulled their commercials from YouTube after they appeared with videos that promoted extremist ideology.

Speaking with Variety, a spokesperson for HP blasted Google after learning that YouTube had placed a company ad "in a bad and inappropriate context".

"HP has strict brand safety protocols in place across all online advertising, including YouTube and this appears to be the result of a content misclassification by Google", a rep for the tech company said.

This year hasn't been the smoothest for Google-owned YouTube.

Meanwhile, YouTube on Monday was working to fix another disturbing development: YouTube searches that began with "how to have" returned autocomplete results "how to have s*x with your kids" and "how to have s*x kids", according to a report by BuzzFeed News.

"In the past week, we've tightened up and strengthened the enforcement of our policies to terminate the accounts of users making predatory comments on videos featuring minors", the spokesman said.

YouTube's VP Wright further stated that "a growing trend around content on YouTube that attempts to pass as family-friendly, but is clearly not" for the new efforts "to remove them from YouTube". Designed and developed with Indian users in mind, who will be able to test the app first before a broader rollout, YouTube Go is meant to work more effectively in areas where connectivity is more limited.


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